Havenfall | Sara Holland | Review

“The difference between monsters and people … is what we do.”





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 . . .


Firstly I want to say thank you to Netgalley and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing me with an EARC of this book and for also inviting me to be part of the wonderful blog tour (28/02/2020). I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Havenfall was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I have not read anything from Sara Holland before but have heard so many good things about her books that I knew I needed to get my hands on it as soon as I possibly could. This opportunity has meant that I am lucky enough to have read this book before it has been released which I am so grateful for.

The first thing I would like to highlight is the glossary in the front of the book, not enough books adopt this method and I feel like it is so necessary. The amount of times I have flicked to the back of the book to look something up and been greeted with a spoiler is irritating. To find that Havenfall’s glossary is at the front is so refreshing. I would like to highlight at this point that this is the setting for the EARC I have not seen a finished copy yet.

I really enjoyed that I got to learn about the separate worlds before I began this book. I feel like a lot of authors throw you in and expect you to learn along the way. This is okay but I feel like that then takes me away from the world and the characters. I liked that I was given the tools that I needed to begin with, I was given just enough to have a good understanding that I could expand on as I continued throughout the book.

I loved this world so much, I loved that the worlds were different and there were different doors that led to them. I liked the idea of the monsters and the politics that occurred within the book. I am not big on fantasy books with a lot of politics but I can assure you that this is not too heavy and adds just enough to the book to be enjoyable but not overwhelming.

I really liked Maddie as a character, I must admit it did take me a period of time to get really into her character and understand her. But once this had happened, approximately 100 pages in, I really appreciated her and cared what happened with her character. I don’t think i build as good of a relationship with any of the other characters but I am hoping as the series progresses this will change and the author will build on those that maybe need a little bit more development.

Havenfall was fast paced and very much to the point, Sara Holland did not linger on unnecessary plot points of descriptions just to add to the length of the book. I think it felt like a fairly short book for a fantasy, but it was jam packed and a very good first in the series. I feel like the ending left the reader with a lot of unanswered questions which I really hope are answered in books to come.

I enjoyed this book and the finished copy has already been added to my amazon wishlist. I am intrigued to find out what happens next and am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next. I would recommend this book.

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