Unholy Terrors

Lyndall Clipstone

Unholy Terrors
Penguin Random House Australia
10 October 2023

Unholy Terrors

Lyndall Clipstone

From acclaimed Australian author Lyndall Clipstone comes a spellbinding, darkly romantic YA fantasy, perfect for fans of Lynette Noni and Sarah J. Maas.

Everline Blackthorn has devoted her life to the wardens - warriors who guard against monsters known as the vespertine. When a series of strange omens occur, Everline disobeys orders to investigate and uncovers a startling truth in the form of Ravel Severin - a rogue vespertine who reveals the monsters have secrets of their own. Ravel promises the help she needs - for a price.

Vespertine magic requires blood, but it's a sin for a warden to feed a vespertine - let alone fall in love with one - and as Everline and Ravel travel farther across the moorland, she realises the question isn't whether she will survive the journey, but if she will return unchanged.


Everline Blackthorn is a sworn member of the wardens, a sect of holy warriors who protect the wall of bones surrounding the kingdom from the demons known as ‘the vespertine’, which terrorise the land. Unlike her companions, however, Everline cannot wield magic. Her mother is a traitor, and her father doesn’t believe she is capable of achieving anything worthy. All Everline has ever wanted is to prove herself and to be as fierce and as dangerous as any of the other warriors.

When Everline comes across a vespertine in the woods that looks suspiciously like a human girl, rather than a terrifying beast, she has the creeping feeling that she has been lied to her whole life. Determined to uncover the truth about the vespertine, and her mother, Everline ventures beyond the wall and into the dangerous lands beyond. Once there, she meets a vespertine boy, Ravel, who may be the answer to her prayers – or the demise of everything she’s ever known.

Unholy Terrors is a harrowing fantasy brimming with dark magic and strange omens, monster boys and warrior girls, blood moons and an achingly gothic romance. As Everline and Ravel grow closer to each other, they begin to wonder if it is possible to feel love when all their lives they have been taught to feel hate and fear instead. With tensions rising and doom impending, Lyndall Clipstone ensnares you with her lyrical prose, mystical worldbuilding, and the ever-burdensome question of whether monsters are deserving of love too. For ages 14+.

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