A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it — at any cost.
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…
Okay, can I just say how I am loving the fact that 2020 is shaping up to be quite the year for fantasies – yes; I know it’s only February; but I have to say I have already some very interesting fantasy books and Havenfall By Sara Holland just joined that list today as well!
Beautiful scenic background opens to a strong female protagonist who is gearing up to take the mantle of managing the neutral inn where all the different magical realms come together all the while battling some very traumatic inner demons.
Now; doesn’t that sound like a freaking amazing setting to a fantasy? Because trust me; Havenfall is the Holy Grail of the kind of fantasy fiction I had not realised that I was missing so freaking badly!
With Havenfall, we have a strong, stubborn bisexual female protagonist (yes! the rep in this book is done in such a brilliant nonchalant way, that had my heart and soul – but you also have hints of a love triangle; but it isn’t overly done or even in your face – which has me worshiping Sara Holland as an author!
And yes, the villain; how could we forget the charming and magnetic villain of the plot – while the trope may have been tad overused; I highly doubt any other kind of villain would have ever worked in this kind of fantasy!
Now; the writing style of the author is amazingly simple – even with the whole new worlds introduced in this first book in what I hope turns in to a series – it was easy to keep track of not just the characters but also the realms interacted in this book! I am really excited to see where the author takes the wonderful characters go to in the future!