The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Clementine's life is almost completely silent, thanks to her father's aversion to noise. The castle is staffed by automatons who take care of the poison apple orchard and the nightmares (among other things). Her father is Dark Lord Elithor, feared by the villagers and the hedgewitches who live nearby. That doesn't help when Elithor is cursed and Clementine has to figure out how to save and protect her home and her father, though. We meet the Lady in the Lake, unicorns, witches and even some knights in training - the humor is wonderfully inserted into the story. Plus, those letters! For those looking for a more serious side, the questions of revenge and loyalty are raised in ways that don't hit readers over the head but linger after the story is done. It would be great to meet Clementine again.
eARC provided by publisher.