Forestfall

At the lake’s edge I made my promise, in the forest I will fall…

In this breathtaking second book in Lyndall Clipstone’s duology, following Lakesedge, Leta learns the cost of the bargain she made with the Lord Under. 

The curse that haunted Lakesedge Estate has been broken, but at great cost. Violeta Graceling has sacrificed herself to end the Corruption. To escape death, Leta makes a desperate bargain with the Lord Under, one that sees her living at his side in the land of the dead. And though he claims to have given her all he promised, Leta knows this world of souls and mists hides many secrets. 

When she discovers she is still bound to Rowan, Leta goes to drastic lengths to reforge their connection. But her search for answers, and a path back home, will see her drawn into even more dangerous bargains, and struggling to resist the allure of a new, dark, power . . .


Releasing Fall 2022, Available to preorder from Fierce Reads, Titan Books, and Pan Macmillan Australia

Praise for Forestfall

“In an eerily vivid world of dark magic and darker monsters, this lush fairy tale of a book is so full of yearning, my heart physically ached – for Violeta, for Rowan, for the Lord Under himself. What a haunting depiction of death, power, and the lengths we will go to for true love.” — Marissa Meyer, internationally bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles


“Lyndall Clipstone casts another spell with this lush, atmospheric sequel. I was swept away with Violeta and Rowan into this dangerous yet magical world, and I never wanted to leave it. Prepare your hearts for the journey Below.” — Rebecca Ross, internationally bestselling author of A River Enchanted


“In this captivating sequel to Lakesedge, Lyndall Clipstone draws us in to the lush and brutal World Below, where Violeta is now trapped with the charmingly monstrous Lord Under, while still yearning for the handsome Rowan, her love in the living world. Forestfall is a beautifully rendered, twistingly gothic tale of love, loss, longing and sacrifice. Utterly gripping, from the first page to the last.” — Vanessa Len, author of Only a Monster


“Romantic, dark, and evocative, FORESTFALL takes readers on a fairytale-esque adventure to discover just how far one would go for love.” — Jessica Rubinkowski, author of The Bright & The Pale and Wrath and Mercy


“Readers can expect darker magic, new gods, more romance & higher stakes in Forestfall as the world that was created in Lakesedge is deftly expanded upon. Clipstone writes bloody, tension-filled romantic fantasy with gossamer-like prose and beautiful imagery, which makes for a deliciously atmospheric and enchanting read. This series is especially not to be missed by lovers of the Hades & Persephone archetype.” — Cristina Maria Russell, bookseller at Books & Books


Forestfall is an epic conclusion to the story that started with Lakesedge, and Lyndall Clipstone is a master at gorgeously atmospheric settings, darkly lush descriptions, perfectly flawed protagonists, and monstrous love interests that are the ideal amount of both frightening and seductive.” — Brittany Smith, bookseller at B&N South Carolina


“Lyndall Clipstone returns to the gothic world of Lakesedge with a journey to the underworld, where Leta’s struggle to reunite with her beloved Rowan will change her in ways she could not have imagined. With shades of Orpheus and Eurydice and a fresh twist on the classic love triangle, Forestfall is a worthy conclusion to the duology.” — Kiersten Frost, bookseller at Brookline Booksmith


Forestfall is an exquisitely crafted tale of love in all its brutality and how far we are willing to fight for it in defiance of death. A worthy sequel to its lusciously gothic predecessor. Drenched in whispering shadows and teeming with the kind of romance that leaves you aching, this book kept my heart lodged in my throat until the very last page.” — Kylie Ann Freeman, bookseller at Indigo Books


“Leta’s time in the World Below is full of teeth and claws, but also of dresses made of spider’s silk and cottages hidden behind blooming, fragrant hedges. All the Gothic gorgeousness I fell in love with in Lakesedge is here in the World Below but with a golden, god-like sheen you’ll want to explore as Leta does. And I’m not sorry to say that I’m #TeamLordUnder.” — Candice Marley Conner, bookseller at Owl Hollow Books

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