Synopsis from Bloomsbury:
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost. New York Times bestselling author Sara Holland crafts a breathtaking new contemporary fantasy perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Holly Black.
Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.
For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.
But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .
Sara Holland takes the lush fantasy that captured readers in Everless and Evermore and weaves it into the real world to create a wholly captivating new series where power and peril lurk behind every door.
About: Havenfall is a young adult fantasy written by Sara Holland. It will be published on 3/3/2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing, paperback, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Bloomsbury is a leading independent, global publishing house established in 1986 with offices in London, New York, Sydney, Oxford, and New Delhi. Bloomsbury Children’s Books publishes books for readers of all ages, including #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Havenfall on 2/16/2020 and finished it on 2/18/2020. I love the cover, this one and the author’s Everless duo. Reading this book, one thing stuck out was the constant reminder of Maddie’s unhappiness that resulted from what happened with her brother. She seems to have a lack of confidence, at Havenfall and even less at home in Sterling. The love was pre-existing so there wasn’t any flirts or banters. I don’t enjoy following Maddie’s thoughts so much so I feel the narrative was lengthy. With these characteristics to start the story out, I become less invested in the book. Also, Brekken was surprised by the horses this summer even though he came to Havenfall every summer for the past 10 years. That just doesn’t make sense.
This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Marcus as he read an age old book promising to keep everyone safe as a new portal keeper. The start of the book also summarizes each of the 4 realms and its characteristics, where one of four is the enemy. Then the story began, told in the first person point of view following Madeline aka Maddie, 16. She is Marcus’ niece and has been spending her summer at Havenfall, (earth is one out of the 4 realms) since she was 6 and is aiming to inherit the Inn Marcus has been running. The Inn has access to all 3 realms and has a bit of magic where the rest of earth doesn’t. The start of summer already go wrong when her uncle fall unconscious and someone is dead.
Havenfall is a diversity book where the main character is a bi and her uncle is gay. I like the mystery of the missing keys and its consequences. I love the twists at the end with Nate, Maddie’s friends, and the villain. Havenfall and the mirror lake sounds pretty especially on top of the mountain. One thing I realized is the nice twist to this ya fantasy where this book is a murder mystery. If you are looking for a book that gives the test of a big responsibility to someone who wants it but have little confidence to handling it, then this book is for you!
I rate it 3.5 stars!
About the Author:
Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Goodreads).