My Rating ~ Four Stars
RELEASE DATE: 31 August 2021
Format: E-Arc & Paperback
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
There are monsters in the world.
When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumours about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.
There are monsters in the woods.
As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…
There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.
To save Rowan, and herself, Leta must confront the darkness in her past, which includes unravelling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.
Thank you so much to Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!
Violeta and her brother, Arien, have eked out a living with an often cruel woman, after losing their parents. Arien has strange dreams, ones that cause shadows to pour from his hands. He’s been able to hide this odd phenomenon from the people in the village, until he catches the eye of a lord, rumoured to have murdered his entire family. When Lord Rowan demands Arien return to Lakesedge manor with him, Violeta is not willing to let him go alone. It’s there they find Rowan might not be the most dangerous thing at Lakesedge.
This book is full of dark curses with a gothic atmosphere. The author has managed to write a book where reading it felt like walking through a dream, or, more likely, a desperate nightmare. Challenging deals with a monster, that ask for payments too steep, magic, new friendships and the pull of bad boys, Lakesedge throws us all that and more. But there were parts I wanted more that didn’t materialize. I felt the ‘magic system’ had very little explanation other than just being ‘there’ and having a ‘light’ and ‘dark’ magic that ‘helped’ each other, but I still really have no idea how it all worked or came to be. For such a meandering, lyrical story, the omitting of a lot of details gave it a bit of a rushed feeling.
The cliffhanger ending was super exciting and unexpected though. It definitely sucked me in to needing the next book!
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