Saturday, May 1, 2010
Mistwood is a thoughtful and suspenseful novel with plenty of mystery that will keep readers guessing. The concept of the Shifter and her duties is a clever and interesting one, and though it would have been nice to learn more about the legends surrounding Isabel past and existence, the story is entertaining as Cypess slowly reveals who and what Isabel is and what her abilities are throughout the book. Isabel herself is a complex and dynamic character, and her grapple with her identity and loyalty is what makes Mistwood so absorbing. King Rokan is a good supporting character as well; his determination and earnest nature are admirable, and will win readers over quickly, but the sly and duplicitous nature of his sister Clarisse will have them on the edge of their seats.
The story takes places mainly in the royal palace, and the plot has a lot to do with the politics of the land and the royal family, and not actually Samorna itself, which makes this fictional world seem a little underdeveloped, and Cypess glosses over many aspects in the story. However, the constantly shifting powers and the mystery regarding Isabel's lost memories easily keeps the plot moving and the reader entertained. Mistwood winds down with a few surprising twists and a conclusion that will leave everyone content. This is an engaging and imaginative debut.
Cover Comments: I like this cover a lot! Truth be told, I like any covers in which there is a castle on it, and the image of the woman with the unnatural eyes is very good! I think this is a pretty cover without being too soft. Very nice!
ARC received from publisher.