Series: Mistwood

Nightspell by Leah Cypess: Review

Posted June 13, 2012 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Nightspell by Leah Cypess: ReviewNightspell by Leah Cypess
Series: Mistwood #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2011
Pages: 326
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: HarperCollins

I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sent by her father, the king of Raellia, who is trying to forge an empire out of warring tribes, Darri arrives in Ghostland and discovers that her sister, whom she planned to rescue, may not want to leave this land where the dead mingle freely with the living.

Like Mistwood, Nightspell has a captivating and imaginative plot line! I love Leah’s settings and stories. And Nightspell was not a disappointment. The entire atmosphere was eerie and dark.

In addition to the setting the characters are surprising. One of the interesting things about Ghostland is that the ghosts are semi-corporeal beings that can shift from being solid to being invisible. So, it is difficult to tell who is living and who is dead. Mixed with a few other interesting tidbits about the world that I won’t give away because I don’t want to spoil anything for you, is a complex tangle of plot points and characters.

While I loved the setting and plot, the characters didn’t ever sink in for me. I think part of the problem was that there was a shift in perspective from Darri to Varis to Callie, and it wasn’t clear who you were reading when. I don’t mind multiple perspectives, but I definitely need it spelled out who I’m reading.

But overall, I really enjoyed Nightspell. I think that Cypess has an amazing imagination, and I can’t wait to read what she’s got coming next.

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