Paperback | April 26, 2011

byLeah Cypess

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Isabel remembers 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, her lethal speed, and her 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.

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Isabel remembers 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, her lethal speed, and her superhuman strength. And he needs her loyal...

Leah Cypess wrote her first short story—in which the narrator was an ice cream cone—at the age of six. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Maryland. She is also the author of the acclaimed fantasy novelsDeath M...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061957011

ISBN - 13:9780061957017


Rated 1 out of 5 by from sucked so far most books i read i liked or loved them all but not this one i had a hard time gettin into it and took me forever to read it the only thing i liked about it was the end and i knew it was gonna end like that
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but expected a bit more (May contain spoilers) Mistwood sounded so good before I started reading it. Interesting premise, mystery, romance with a prince and a great trailer--unfortunately all those things fell short. Isabel is a Shifter. When summoned, its her duty to protect the king. When Isabel is summoned by Prince Rokan, she willingly leaves the Mistwood with him to return to the castle. But something doesn't seem right. Isabel doesn't remember anything of her past, who she is or the fact that she can't tap into her Shifter abilities. The fact that Isabel doesn't remember any of her past and has doubts of her allegiance is confusing. I don't know what her motivations are and I found it hard to connect with her. Every time she had a human emotion, she would try to suppress it telling herself that the Shifter isn't human and wouldn't be feeling these things. For the other characters, its hard to tell who's good and who's bad. There's lots of scheming and switching sides and always staying one step head of the other person. I wanted more back story about Samorna and the Shifter. For the first couple of chapters, it felt like I and picked up a book and started reading in the middle and it did take me a while to get into the story. The writing was good and descriptive especially the descriptions of the castle and the Mistwood. I would have love to read more of the Mistwood. I know there's going to be a second book so maybe I can.
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of great twists! This was such a great YA fantasy read. The plot took center stage, with multiple (and surprising!) plot twists. It was refreshing being able to read a book that wasn't so predictable. Isabel is a great character, and I felt as anxious and lost as she did throughout - in a good way. There are a lot of mysteries and secrets hidden underneath all the courtly intrigue, and we learn things at the pace that Isabel does - which often leaves the reader in the dark. The ending was by far the best surprise, and I loved how Cypess dealt with it. Nothing is as simple as bad or good - there are a lot of grey areas being explored. I really enjoyed this book - it's an intelligent YA fantasy with a strong heroine.
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful premise This book was an unexpected surprise though a very welcome one. I had seen it on the shelves of my libraries for quite a while and had been resisting its siren call when suddenly, I thought, well, why not? I can understand that a lot of readers will have problems with the main character, the female protagonist but to me, it is the portrayal of the female character that wins me over entirely. I hadn’t even realized that the story was going to be a historical one so when I turned the page and started reading, I was surprised. Now, the fundamental question is, how do you write a character who is not human? Oh I don’t mean the elves, vampires, all other supernatural races who often grace the pages of beloved YA novels – those who could be human if they didn’t have the supernatural powers. Ms. Cypess writes a character who is intrinsically inhuman and she is true to it. She makes an attempt to portray Isabel in a manner that makes the reader realize from the get-go that the “person” speaking to them is not, in fact, a person. And that is where many readers will be troubled. Isabel doesn’t behave in a way that is common or familiar to other heroines (who are people, powers or not) do. I applaud that. She doesn’t react in the same way people do to situations or emotions because that is not who (what?) she is. And I find this whole thing complex and fascinating and perhaps one of the rare times that an author manages to make a supernatural element mean more than just a titillation of the senses. (How do you, being human, write a non-human character?) Moving on from what I could talk about for a long time, let’s discuss (where I talk and you…read?) the other characters. The story is set in the midst of (and in anticipation of) political upheaval. The narrative and characters set against courtly intrigue, where what the characters say is almost certainly not what they mean. Rokan is an interesting character. For a hero, he is flawed. And I don’t just mean “trauma in his past so he require TLC from the main character to make him better.” I mean, that his choices, actions and words do not always illuminate him in a good light. But you are asked to look beyond that and into him. Perhaps not to understand him but to accept him. His sister makes a much more intriguing character and after Isabel, she is my favourite character. You’ll understand why if/when you read the story. All the other side characters are crafted with care and that won me over. Though they were shadowed by the enigma that is Isabel, they were still interesting to read. Isabel’s gradual return to humanity, her growth in increments into a humanity she didn’t know she possessed is fascinating. Her reactions and her puzzlement is very reminiscent to that of a cat but it is all executed with an elegance that makes Mistwood a very fun and interesting read. I recommend it to anyone who likes good writing, an interesting plot and a challenge.
Date published: 2011-01-02

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“A fascinating tale of loyalty and love that female teen readers will devour.”