ARC Review: Nightspell by Leah Cypess

Nightspell by Leah Cypess

Release Date: May 2011
Review copy courtesy of Book It Forward Tours

Here be ghosts, the maps said, and that was all.

In this haunted kingdom, ghosts linger—not just in the deepest forests or the darkest caverns, but alongside the living, as part of a twisted palace court that revels all night and sleeps through the daylight hours.
Darri’s sister was trapped in this place of fear and shadows as a child. And now Darri has a chance to save her sister . . . if she agrees to a betrothal with the prince of the dead. But nothing is simple in this eerie kingdom—not her sister, who has changed beyond recognition; not her plan, which will be thrown off track almost at once; and not the undead prince, who seems more alive than anyone else.
In a court seething with the desire for vengeance, Darri holds the key to the balance between life and death. Can her warrior heart withstand the most wrenching choice of all?

It’s been years since Darri’s sister Callie was taken to Ghostland to marry the prince and solidify a political relationship between their people. Darri blames herself every day for allowing Callie to be taken away, and vows to bring her home. When Darri turns 17 and her father decides to offer her as the prince’s bride instead, she sees her chance to rescue Callie and bring her home for good. Instead, when Darri and her brother arrive in Ghostland, nothing is as it seems, and Darri could never have guessed that maybe Callie doesn’t want to be rescued.

I really enjoyed this novel! This was my introduction to Leah Cypess and I was so glad I picked it up! Ms. Cypess creates a world where the living and the dead live side by side, in not so perfect harmony, court intrigue abounds, and no one can be trusted! Lots of adventure, and a hint of romance round out a very nicely crafted fantasy! I’ll definitely be back for more from this author!

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  1. Melissa (My words and pages)

    I've seen this book somewhere else a while ago and thought it sounded good then. 🙂 I have to say I love the cover on it though. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  2. This book sounds really good! Thanks for reviewing and giving me a heads up so I can add it to my list. 🙂

  3. The premise sounds pretty interesting and I love court intrigue so this sounds pretty good to me ^.^

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