SERIES: World at the Lake’s Edge #1
REPRESENTATION: Various queer side characters (but mostly mentioned in passing)
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: YA Gothic Fantasy
A lush, Gothic fantasy about a creeping Corruption and two different monsters. LAKESEDGE is packed to the gills with eerie vibes and taught, tense atmosphere. It’s creepy in a way that sends chills up the back of your neck while you’re reading and plays about with the ‘shadows and impeding doom’ brand of horror really well.
It’s all billowing white dress, night-time lakes and blood pacts with a ballsy heroine and tormented hero. Exactly my type of Gothic drama!
At the heart of the story are the relationships between the characters, and I think there’s something for everyone here. If you enjoy romance, there’s a ‘fleeting touches and broody looks’ slow burn that’s not quite enemies-to-lovers, but unfolds beautiful. If you prefer the found family trope, then there’s the inhabitants of Lakesedge, all brought together for their various reasons, working together and teasing each other throughout.
Personally, I loved the sibling relationship here. Leta wants nothing more than to protect her younger brother, Arien, from the darkness that’s haunting him, so much so she goes with him to live with the ‘monster’ at Lakesedge and makes deals with a dangerous, dark entity. The relationship feels really well developed because even when they bicker, both are determined to help the other in any way they can.
Oh, and it’s got a killer cliffhanger that has me really excited to see how dark the sequel is able to go.
LAKESEDGE would be perfect for fans of Crimson Peak or anyone who enjoyed The Haunting of Bly Manor.
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.
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.