4 stars,  books

One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

Elspeth needs a monster. The monster might be her.

Elspeth Spindle needs more than luck to stay safe in the eerie, mist-locked kingdom of Blunder—she needs a monster. She calls him the Nightmare, an ancient, mercurial spirit trapped in her head. He protects her. He keeps her secrets.

But nothing comes for free, especially magic.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️
Genre: Gothic Romantasy
Series: The Shepherd King duology [1/2]
Recommend?: Yes!
Gifted: Thank you so much, @creative_by_oksana ❤️

🌳 Elspeth Spindle lives in the misty, sinister, foresty kingdom of Blunder. Elspeth has a monster living inside her head. The Nightmare protects her and keeps her secrets. She hasn’t told a soul for 11 years until she gets roped into a treasonous quest to save the kingdom from the mists.

🌳 I absolutely loved the gothic setting, the unique magic system involving a deck of cards, and the found family! The main reason this wasn’t a 5 star read for me is because I didn’t entirely love Elspeth. She exposes a well-kept secret very early on for no reason other than to get the main plot of this book rolling. I personally wish we could have done that another way. I am very much looking forward to reading the second book in this duology.

🌳 I need more gothic romantasy in my life. Please leave your recommendations below. Have you read this one?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58340706-one-dark-window?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=i5Bs080mSy&rank=1