Sunday 12 November 2023

Unholy Terrors

Unholy Terrors by Lyndall Clipstone (Penguin) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781761341625

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Everline Blackthorn is a warden who defends the Hallowed Lands against monsters known as vespertine. She was born with a warden mark but is the only warden without magic. Everline is an illegitimate child who feels like a burden to her father, the Commander. While the enclave is all she has, Everline does not feel a sense of belonging. The truth about her mother’s death has been kept from her, and she can no longer ignore her desire to know the reality of her origins and what happened on the night she was born. Everline feels a visceral link between the monsters, her mother and herself, so she knowingly breaks her warden vows to follow a vespertine to the Thousandfold. In her quest to seek answers, she does not intend to be followed by her half-sister, lead her best friend into danger or fall in love with a vespertine.

Unholy Terrors is a young adult fantasy suitable for readers who enjoy narratives with dark magic, blood and bones, the supernatural, and forbidden romance. If you like this book, you may also enjoy Lyndall Clipstone’s World at the Lakes Edge duology - Lakesedge and Forestfall.

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