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Havenfall by Sara Holland
Young adult


by Sara Holland

Quick take

Your magical fantasy with nostalgic-vibes. A peaceful paradise is rocked by evil, throwing a young hero into action.

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    First in series

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    Graphic violence

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Why I love it

Lily Philpott

Sara Holland's Havenfall is my ideal spring book. As the world emerges from the winter chill, I want to be reading something a little magical and a little dark, as I prepare for a muddy spring and the heat of summer. Havenfall delivers on all counts.

The book revolves around Maddie Morrow, who, on the run from a difficult family situation, heads into the mountains of Colorado to spend the summer with her uncle at Havenfall, an inn that straddles and provides sanctuary for warring magical realms. In Havenfall, with her handsome friend Brekken at her side, Maddie feels like the most complete version of herself, basking in the freedom the inn’s magic provides. This summer, however, things are changing for good: The refuge at Havenfall is disrupted by a grisly murder, and with her uncle in a magical coma, Brekken suspiciously missing, and beasts prowling the grounds of the inn, it's up to Maddie to keep the peace and protect Havenfall at all costs.

Stuffed full of romance, magic, and an intricate mystery that keeps you guessing, this is the kind of book you’ll miss your subway stop for. I loved Maddie's tenacity, her capacity for love, and the world she inhabits. If you love a dark fantasy world where nothing is quite as it seems, Havenfall is the book for you this spring.

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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...

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Get an early look from the first pages of Havenfall.

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329 ratings
  • 35% Love
  • 48% Like
  • 11% Dislike
  • Lockport, LA

    This book was sold out before I got to order it so I got it on Amazon but OMG this book is awesome. They definitely need to make a movie out of it. I just ordered the second book “Phoenix Flame”.


    A postmodern take on the classic fantasy novel that offers a glimpse into another world not by escaping into it, yet superimposing it side by side with our own; can't wait to see how Book 2 plays out!


    This was not was I was expecting at all - and I loved the book for it! An unusual world that I want to know more about and a search for a mysterious traitor; this book offers everything you need.

  • Helena, MT

    A super fun contemporary portal fantasy full of otherworldly magic & plenty of sinister twists as we race to solve the mysteries of Havenfall. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

  • Warrington, PA

    This book was amazing. I loved living in this world for a few hours, and can't want to continue with the sequel when it comes out. Fingers crossed that botm gets the sequel as well.

  • Duarte, CA

    I wasn’t expecting this to be super great, but the fantasy woven into a beautiful and scenic backdrop of the Rockies was awesome. The characters are also pretty badass!

  • Nipomo, CA

    I really enjoyed this one. Looking forward to the sequel. Has some unique fantasy elements interesting works building. If you enjoy fantasy, this is well worth your time.

  • Fairbanks, AK

    This is so good! A magical inn thats a safe place for all magical creatures is just the perfect set up for me. The atomsphere is spot on and I cannot wait for the sequel!

  • Missouri Valley, IA

    I chose this book because of the cover (bad I know) but the description sounded amazing! This book didnot disappoint! Looking forward to book 2 in the series.

  • Huntsville, AL

    I usually don't love ya, so I know this genre is 100% for me. But despite that, the story was intriguing and I am interested in seeing where the story goes.

  • Westminster, CO

    I absolutely can’t wait for the next book! The story is fun and the inclusion of LGBT characters is very well done.


    This fantasy world sucked me in. There was some twists and turns and I can't wait to read the second book!

  • Farmington, MN

    Wow! This was good and an unexpected like. It was fun and mysterious. Cant wait for more.

  • Palmyra, VA

    It was absolutely fantastic! Such a quick read for me. I hope there is more coming. ????

  • Lyndeborough , NH

    Loved this story. I haven’t read anything like this before and really enjoyed it!

  • Saginaw, MI

    I don't read a ton of fantasy but this easily became one of my favorites!!

  • Los Angeles , CA

    Such a fun read completely ingrossing. Can’t wait till the next book.

  • Naugatuck , CT

    This was a well written and exciting fantasy. Definitely recommend it.

  • Rocky Hill , CT

    This book was great! I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

  • Smethport, PA

    One of the best fantasy novels ever! The twists just kept coming!

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