Havenfall was a super quick read for me as I just couldn’t put this beauty of a novel down. Let’s delve a little deeper into the whys behind that!
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
A safe haven between four realms and 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 its own magic. 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 firsthand. 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…
Guys. GUYS! This was so cool. This book probably features one of my all-time favorite world-building ideas. It’s just so a brilliant concept and the execution is also freaking neat! I like the promise of other worlds and magic out there, yet still, we only get a glimpse of it. Everything that is alluded to here promises such a rich history and fascinating different concepts of magic and just simply life for each of those worlds, I love it so, so much.
Holland treads a fine line of giving us bits of those worlds while still keeping so much a secret. We know enough to understand a little but are also left speculating and wondering. Sometimes, I feel like that’s because authors didn’t fully think things through, but here the reader gets to feel exactly like the human characters in the book. Well done!
Apart from that, the story is full of twists, turns, conspiracies, and intrigues. There were a few things that I saw coming but also many bits that caught me completely by surprise! Things were set in motion in this book but there is so much more to come. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the next novel to find out what happens next.
I don’t think there is much else I can say without spoilers, so just let me assure you that this is an amazing book. The story is thrilling, the world-building is one of my all-time favorites, the characters have depth and nuances. Nothing is simply black and white here. I have absolutely no complaints, so I hope you’ll enjoy the novel just as much as I did should you give it a chance!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!