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by Leah Cypess

Rated: Mild

Isabel is a Shifter, a legendary and powerful being bound to whoever sits on the throne in Samorna. She is sworn to protect the king, and when Prince Rokan comes to the Mistwood to claim her protection, she cannot deny him. Upon reaching the castle, though, she finds that she cannot change shape the way she used to — and emotions that have never clouded her thinking or reactions before are making her task challenging when it should be effortless. Intrigue within the court and political secrets slowly reveal to Isabel the depth of what she’s buried in and she needs to figure out — soon — how to rein in her powers again to protect the prince.

Leah Cypess is a STORYTELLER. The text is lyrical and yet powerful. I could not put this book down because of the intricate and interesting story and because of the complex and engaging characters. Isabel is fascinatingly created — she is so incredibly strong, agile and capable, and yet, the “weakness” that she begins to find in herself makes her feel so real. Prince Rokan is subtle and well-rounded and their enemies are hard to get a grip on. The romantic thread is so slight and yet so perfect that I wouldn’t change a thing (well, maybe ONE more page).

I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Rated: Mild for a few pretty violent scenes as well as one moderate use of language.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • Mistwood
  • by Leah Cypess
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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