Laskesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: September 28, 2021
Content Warnings: Emotional and physical abuse by a parent, Body horror, Gore and blood (including description of wounds), Emesis, Discussions of death and grief (no on-page deaths), Descriptions of drowning and deep water, Drowning-related imagery Self-injury (in the context of a curse that requires regular physical sacrifices), suicidal ideation
A lush gothic fantasy about monsters and magic, set on the banks of a cursed lake. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Brigid Kemmerer.
There are monsters in the world.
When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors 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.
Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.
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Wow… this book will sit with you long after finishing it. A hauntingly dark story that feels almost like the makings of a fairy tale but more like Grimms’ fairy tales. The descriptive writing brings this world to life around you which is good and bad given the content. The spooky tones of this book really mess with your head leading you on a thrilling and slightly terrifying journey. At several points I had to stop reading because it was night and it was freaking me out a little bit. Lakesedge was so much more than I expected. Just when I thought I may have it figured all out, a twist would come out of nowhere leaving me clueless once again. Never once did I feel that anything was predictable. Every new discovery had me surprised and overwhelmingly excited. There were so many layers to this story that would peel away and make it even more intriguing and more deep. It is so hard to keep this review spoiler free because there is so much I want to say about it. The family dynamics and relationship development were incredibly well done. What you thin is going on may not really be what it seems. Also, that ending?! I definitely thought I was dealing with a stand alone but that is not the case and now I’m even more intrigued. If you like dark gothic style fairy tales this is the book for you! This is in no way a light fluffy read. The concept is dark as is the tone throughout, but it surpassed my expectations and I am so incredibly excited to have been able to be a part of this tour.
About the Author:
Lyndall Clipstone writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian who grew up running wild in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia, she currently lives in Adelaide, where she tends her own indoor secret garden. She has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.
Her debut novel, LAKESEDGE, will be published by Henry Holt, Titan UK and Pan Macmillan Australia in Fall 2021 with a sequel, FORESTFALL, to publish in Fall 2022.