Book Review - Mistwood by Leah Cypress

Monday May 10, 2010

by Leah Cypress
April 27, 2010
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins
GoodReads Summary: The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood...but when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty--because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew. 

Review: In the spirit of books like Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore it is always a bonus when the main character in a book is a strong female lead who is portrayed as smart and powerful. Isabel is all of the above, but for reasons unknown vulnerability and humanity seep through her mask of stoic indifference as the inhuman Shifter.

Isabel knows that everything she feels towards Prince Rokan should be instinct and bonds formed long before he was born. Something is different...her feelings for him feel almost human but this can't be...this is not the way of the Shifter. With the help of a friendly sorcerer, Isabel researches her past to try and understand what happened and why she is feeling so "different". Why does she have such a hard time shifting outside her forest? Why can't she remember why she fled the castle so many years ago?

Things get even more complicated when Isabel learns the truth and finds out what Prince Rokan has been hiding from her. Lines are drawn and sides are taken, but you'll have a hard time figuring out who is on what side....there are plenty of betrayals and double-agents to keep you guessing!

The truth about Isabel's past is a real shocker and something I did not see coming. Great writing and an original story will make this a sure hit among teens and young adults!

Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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Amber Skye said...

This book looks wonderful! I really enjoyed Graceling, so I'm hoping that I'll like this book as well. Thanks for the review :)

prophecygirl said...

This sounds brilliant. I definitely need to get a copy!

Anna ♥ said...

I love the sound of the heroine, Isabel sounds like a great character. :D It sounds so mysterious too, I can't wait to read it~

Katelyn said...

Great review Darcy, I've been excited about this one since I learned about it's release and it just came in the mail the other day, I can't wait to read it and after reading your review I'm even more excited!

Hyacinth Marius said...

Mysterious and wonderful, Mistwood is a must-read for fans of fantasy. One of my favorite reads. Beautiful and mesmerizing!

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