Lakesedge (World at the Lake’s Edge #1)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood


Potentially Intense Themes


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Lakesedge (World at the Lake’s Edge #1)

Lyndall Clipstone

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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) The cover sucked me in on this one! I’ve heard it referred to as “atmospheric “ and I have to agree. It’s a very unique, dark world that sucks you in. There are monsters, death gods and secret gardens; all the best elements for this gothic horror.

The story starts out strong with emotions flowing for young children orphaned and alone. A woman takes them in but soon learns she cannot care for them. They stay with her out of necessity. One day, chance offers a different plan, and while not ideal, it’s definitely better. They are taken to Rowan’s estate, a young man who killed his entire family in the lake.

While I was entertained, ultimately, I needed more info. The magic system wasn’t refined, it had holes and I have questions. I don’t fully understand the magic, where it came from, why it was suddenly life-threatening, and how it really worked. It was somewhat of an ominous entity, always present but never clear.

The story definitely has promise for the next book!

Content Summary: The language is very low! There is child abuse briefly at the beginning, and blood intermittently throughout but not a lot of detail. A young couple have sex once with few details. The atmosphere is slightly creepy with very dark vibes but the deaths (drownings) and magic may be too much for sensitive readers.

Thank you to Fierce Reads for the gifted copy in exchange for a review. The book releases September 28, 2021.

Detailed Content Review







D***- 7


Religious Cursing





Derogatory terms and curses unique to the book etc-


Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

Previously, two young boys got sick from drinking too much wine. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

*Very minor LGBTQ+ aspects included* 

A young boy previously wanted to kiss another boy. 

A young woman and young man sleep in each other’s arms. 

A young woman and young man kiss. He groans, she sweeps her tongue on his. He touches the back of her thigh, she unties his shirt. 

A young woman wants to date a young woman. 

A young woman kisses a young woman. 

A young woman offers a young woman contraceptive tea and says the young man should use it too. 

A young woman kisses a young man “fiercely.” They kiss more, he kisses her neck. 

A young man unbuttons a young woman’s dress and kisses her back as he does it. It drops and she’s in her undergarments. She takes off his shirt. He pushes her to the bed and they kiss passionately. He touches her “higher and higher” up her thigh. Then he touches her underwear and she feels warmth as he lingers there. He rocks impatiently as she unbuttons his pants. She grabs between his legs. They find a rhythm. (Sex implied) After, they are breathless. 

A young woman kisses a young man. They kiss multiple more times. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A mother slaps her teen daughter. She then holds her teen son’s fingers over a fire. She holds her daughters arm, causing bruises. Then had the daughter kneel in glass shards. 

A young boy is said to have previously drowned his entire family. 

A young man cuts his wrist to use the blood for magic. 

A young man cuts his arm from wrist to elbow. Blood streams over his skin. 

A young man cut both his wrists to perform a spell. Blood dribbles down both arms. Many shadows attack him, biting and clawing at him. 

A young man cuts his arms, trying to bleed enough to die (attempted suicide.)

A young woman cuts her hand to use the blood for a spell. 

A young woman tackles a young man, straddling him and holding him down as she chokes him. A young woman pushes a flare of magical light on his chest and he passes out. 

Potentially Intense Themes

Young children are found on the road. The girl says their parents are dead. 

A young man has nightmares that release shadows around him. 

A wolf attacks. A young man is bitten on the arm but fights the wolf. 

A young woman has many nightmares that involve a black lake, water filling her room, water pouring from a young boy’s mouth, 

A group of teens perform a spell. The earth opens up and dark shadows come out. They have claws and they take a young teen. 

A man drowns.

A woman drowns. 

A young boy drowns and his brother sees it happen. . 

**Any quotes from the book are taken from the advance copy and therefore may not be fully accurate or correctly compare to the final copy of the book.

**As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 


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