Friday, February 24, 2023

#BookReview: Forestfall (World at the Lake's Edge, #2) @lkclipstone

Synopsis: Some oaths can never be broken...

The curse that haunted Lakesedge Estate has been broken, but at great cost. Violeta Graceling has sacrificed herself to end the Corruption. To escape death, Leta makes a desperate bargain with the Lord Under, one that sees her living at his side in the land of the dead.

But this world of souls and mist hides many secrets. And when Leta realizes she is still connected to Rowan by a tethering spell, she will risk everything— even her soul— to try and reach him.

Torn between power and love, life and death, Leta struggles to keep hold of her humanity as she falls further and further under the spell of the world Below… and the Lord Under.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: Although I do wish that this series would go a little darker it was a great story.  I loved how this one ended and I would love to see more books set in this world.  The writing in this one was a little off at times but not enough to make me want to stop reading it. Just know that it does get a little stilted at times.  The characters were spot on and I loved learning more about each of them.  The ending was great and I need more. 


"Lyndall Clipstone returns to the gothic world of Lakesedge with a journey to the underworld, where Leta's struggle to reunite with her beloved Rowan will change her in ways she could not have imagined. With shades of Orpheus and Eurydice and a fresh twist on the classic love triangle, Forestfall is a worthy conclusion to the duology." ― Kiersten Frost, Brookline Booksmith

Praise for 

“Bloody, sumptuous, and as timeless as a fairy tale.” ―April Genevieve Tucholke, author of 
The Boneless Mercies

"A shadow-drenched fairytale that readers will happily devour. Lyndall Clipstone's lush prose lends itself to a world both dark and elegant, brimming with monsters and a young woman brave enough to face them." ―Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of 
The Bone Houses

Lakesedge is an intense tale of mystery and magic that will have lovers of gothic romance eager for the next installment.” ―Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim and Warrior Bards series 

"This tasty morsel of a book is full of dark waters, family curses, summer bonfires, lakeside summoning rituals, weary boys with monsters inside them, and gods of death who don't play fair. A strong, lyrical debut from a rising star to watch." ―S.T. Gibson, author of 
A Dowry of Blood 

"Reminiscent of the romantically gothic atmosphere of the 
Phantom of the Opera." ―Dawn Kurtagich, author of And the Trees Crept In and The Dead House

Lakesedge crawls into your soul, like frost growing on a window or a shadow emerging from a dark corner, and entrances you . . . a stunning debut that’s sure to delight fans of WintersongCrimson Peak, or The Phantom of the Opera.” ―Rachel Strolle, Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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. Lakesedge is her debut novel.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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