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One Dark Window

By Rachel Gillig
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Publisher Description


For fans of Uprooted and For the Wolf comes a dark, lushly gothic fantasy about a maiden who must unleash the monster within to save her kingdom—but the monster in her head isn't the only threat lurking.

Elspeth needs a monster. The monster might be her.

Elspeth Spindle needs more than luck to stay safe in the eerie, mist-locked kingdom she calls home—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.

When Elspeth meets a mysterious highwayman on the forest road, her life takes a drastic turn. Thrust into a world of shadow and deception, she joins a dangerous quest to cure the kingdom of the dark magic infecting it. Except the highwayman just so happens to be the King’s own nephew, Captain of the Destriers…and guilty of high treason.

He and Elspeth have until Solstice to gather twelve Providence Cards—the keys to the cure. But as the stakes heighten and their undeniable attraction intensifies, Elspeth is forced to face her darkest secret yet: the Nightmare is slowly, darkly, taking over her mind. And she might not be able to stop him.

445 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I love how unique this book was. I honestly haven’t read anything like it before. The magic system was so different. It was refreshing to see something like this. It was the perfect spooky book. I am so happy that I don’t have to suffer too long. The sequel is coming out in October 2023, and I am anxious for it. I feel so bad for Elspeth, and she better come back. I’m going to loose it if she doesn’t.”
Reviewed in:Book Besties
Likable charactersOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictableDark settingMagical settingDarkHeartbreaking
Slightly Smiling Face“Loved this book and the characters. 💜 Poor Elspeth! I assume she’s going to come back in the next book somehow but I’m excited to see how that comes about. I did think it was a little slow in some places and I wished she spilled her secret sooner but that’s just my personal preference.”
Reviewed in:Book Besties
Likable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenTwistyDark settingDarkRomantic
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I cannot wait for the next book to come out….”
Descriptive writingSuspensefulDark settingMagical settingDarkRomantic
Thumbs Up“I read it quicker than I expected and found myself wanting to know more. But, some of the characters felt a little rushed and as a result a bit lack lustre? A lot of the history telling and building felt a little samey/repetitive and it was pretty predictable for the most part. I do like the ending, in the sense that it wasn't how 90% of other authors would have ended it and I'm always down for forbidden magic and some forced proximity and he fell first fantasies. I'm just not sold on it as a whole but it definitely wasn't the worst thing I've read this year.”
Likable charactersEasy to readMagical settingDarkPredictable
Slightly Smiling Face“Why was the Nightmare my favorite character?! 🖤😂”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully written

About Rachel Gillig

Rachel Gillig was born and raised on the California coast. She is a writer and a teacher, with a B.A. in Literary Theory and Criticism from UC Davis. If she is not ensconced in blankets dreaming up her next novel, Rachel is in her garden or walking with her husband, son, and their poodle, Wally.

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