Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Mistwood
by Leah Cypess
ISBN-13: 9-780061-956997
Rating: 4.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really, really liked it

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 the 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.

Mistwood is one of the most magical books I’ve read in a while. It’s a quiet fantasy full of intrigue, old magic and whole new worlds.

Isabel is The Shifter. She is said to be a being of magic that protects the king, always. But Isabel doesn’t remember who she is, and Prince Rokan finds her living in Mistwood, feral. When he takes her back to the castle so she can protect him and solidify his power base, Isabel begins to remember her life before Prince Rokan. She begins to remember why she forgot and ran to the forest – but her past is not happy, and Isabel is faced with the choice of following her past, or going with her present. It’s this choice that makes the whole book such an intense read. Isabel is torn between her memories and her present. What exactly is she, and why do her powers seem to be failing her?

I really liked Isabel. She has a very calm, analytical personality and she takes what she sees as her responsibilities seriously. Even though she is supposed to protect the king at all costs, and serve one family line, Isabel takes the road that follows her heart, even when her memories start to return and she begins to question everything she’s been told. The ideas of right and wrong, loyalty to what has always been done or following your heart…there’s some powerful stuff in this book. Isabel’s world seems to be falling apart just as she’s discovering what it used to be, and the conspiracies and intrigues of court are not helping any.

I really felt for Isabel throughout this book. She has to make some pretty tough decisions, all while trying to figure out who she is and where she fits into the greater scheme of things. Her powers are iffy at best, and she wants nothing more than to do her duty. I had a ton of different theories as to why she had no memory, and why her Shifting ability was on the fritz, and the little hints and glimpses into the past and the whys f everything were perfect. Enough to help lead you to the answer but still have you shocked when stated in black and white.

The world created in Mistwood is incredibly rich in detail, and I was drawn completely into the story. The revelations, guesses and well-imagined characters help the reader stay intrested and engaged in the book, and when it ended I sighed that little happy sigh I always get at the end of a really good story, wishing there was more but loving where it left off. I can’t wait for the companion novel to be released!

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3 thoughts on “Mistwood by Leah Cypess

  1. Some of my reading group friends were unimpressed with “Mistwood” but, like you, I enjoyed it. Despite what I perceived as a couple plotting omissions, I thought the writing was consistently strong and the tale gripping. I’m delighted to hear there will be a companion.

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