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Everyone tells Isabel that she is the Shifter – the ancient shape-shifting creature who has protected the kings of Samorna for centuries. They need her to be the Shifter. Prince Rokan risked everything when he rode into the Mistwood to summon her to his side; Ven, the magician’s apprentice, has devoted his life to studying her legend; and even Princess Clarisse, who fears and hates her, depends on Isabel’s powers to further her own plans.

Novel Mistwood BookcoverBut Isabel doesn’t feel like the Shifter. She feels like a lonely human girl, beset by flashes of memory that do more to confuse than to help her. If she is the Shifter, why can’t she change her shape? Why doesn’t she remember what made her flee the castle so many years ago? As she is drawn deeper into a web of magic and assassination, Isabel will have no choice but to look for answers. But her search will lead her to the one question the Shifter hasn’t faced in a thousand years: where does she come from, and what does she really want?

Nice things people have said about Mistwood:

  • “Edge-of-the-chair reading, with enemies and betrayal at every turn!”
    – Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times bestseller Bloodhound
  • “Cypess’s spare but evocative language built a world that stayed with me long after I finished her story.”
    – Megan Whalen Turner, author of New York Times bestseller A Conspiracy of Kings
  • “Mistwood is the stuff of true fairytale: mysterious, unsettling, romantic, surprising. An elegantly executed novel with enough twists to satisfy and a love story of some subtlety. I look forward to more by this author.”
    – Juliet Marillier
  • “Mistwood charms and fascinates and sometimes leaves you breathless as it spins a story about a supernatural heroine, a mysterious forest, a court intrigue, and a desperate set of secrets. Leah Cypess’s debut novel explores the limits of magic, the price of love, and the cost of being human. My kind of book.”
    -Sharon Shinn, national bestselling author of Archangel
  • “Intriguing and illusive, MISTWOOD had me experiencing tortured heroine Isabel’s every emotion as she struggled to find her place in life, court, and love. All with an incredibly executed twist that fits like that very last, perfect puzzle piece. A one-sitting novel!”
    -Aprilynne Pike author of New York Times bestseller Wings
  • “Mistwood is a perfect mix of romance, action, intrigue and twists. Isabel struggles to uncover the truth about her shadowed past and I was with her every step of the way. A page turner from beginning to end!”
    -Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix
  • “Intrigue, adventure, and a heroine who is difficult, distant, and absolutely fascinating.”
    -Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon’s Lexicon
  • “Debut author Leah Cypess has spun a fascinating tale of loyalty and love that female teen readers will devour.”
    – VOYA
  • “Readers will… get sucked into the quick-moving story right up to the startling conclusion, finding themselves fascinated by Isabel’s struggle to determine who or what she exactly is and whether her loyalties lie anywhere other than with herself.”
    – BCCB



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