Isabel is the Shifter, a legendary shape-shifting immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. During times of peace she exists in Mistwood forest blissfully unaware of time passing. It is here two young princes come to her seeking protection. But amid a swirl of court politics, scheming factions, and doubtful loyalties, Isabel finds she is having her own problems. Namely that she can’t seem to remember anything, much less her powers and duty. Amidst all the confusion and misplacement, how will Isabel be the shifter she's supposed to be and unravel the plot endangering Rokan's life? An amazing debut, this book will reward readers with its serpentine plot, magic and strong main character. Fantasy fans will devour! --Alli D.
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 loyaltybecause 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.
About the Author
Leah Cypess has been writing since the fourth grade, but before becoming a full-time writer, she earned her law degree from Columbia Law School. She worked for two years at a large New York City law firm, then moved to Boston, where she now lives with her husband and two young children. Leah Cypess is also the author of Nightspell, a companion to Mistwood.
Praise for Mistwood…
“The greatest magic is the power of choice in this lush, romantic debut fantasy. . . . Astonishing and inspiring.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Fans of Megan Whalen Turner’s ‘Attolia’ books will be drawn to similar hidden political currents within the court, and fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling will wholeheartedly embrace Isabel as a reluctant warrior heroine treading in unfamiliar waters of the heart.
-School Library Journal
“An unusual, suspenseful fantasy that is propelled by well-placed clues.”
“A fascinating tale of loyalty and love that female teen readers will devour.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)