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  • Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
  • Natalie Berglind
Clipstone, Lyndall Lakesedge. Holt, 2021 [384p]
Trade ed. ISBN 9781250753397 $18.99
E-book ed. ISBN 9781250753403 $10.99
Reviewed from digital galleys R Gr. 7-10

Seventeen-year-old Violeta has a rough life: her adoptive mother beats her and her younger brother, Arien, because Arien has shadow magic. When the monstrous lord rumored to have murdered his entire family notices Arien’s powers, the siblings are taken away from their village to Lakesedge Estate, where the Corruption spreads over the land. Lord Rowan intends to use Arien’s power combined with alchemy to eliminate the Corruption, and as Violeta and Rowan grow closer, Violeta realizes he’s not the monster he seems to be. When repressed memories from her childhood resurface, Violeta remembers that the best way to get rid of the Corruption is to bargain with the Lord Under—if she has anything worth offering. This fantasy will please readers looking for a shadowy ambience, between blood tithes, nightmares, underworlds, and doomed deals with deities. Though Rowan is clearly set up to be Violeta’s lover, Clipstone makes the process of untangling his somber secrets and getting to the heart of gold under his broody exterior intriguing. Darkling fans will latch swiftly onto Rowan, and mood readers and aficionados of Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame (BCCB 4/19) will appreciate the consistently dark tone. [End Page 7]



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