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(Mistwood #2)

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Sent by her father, the king of Raellia, who is trying to forge an empire out of warring tribes, Darri arrives in Ghostland and discovers that her sister, whom she planned to rescue, may not want to leave this land where the dead mingle freely with the living.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by HarperCollins Canada / Other (first published May 12th 2011)
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Olivia Danielle Clarisse is included! It's only connected through that and the fact that it takes place in the same nobility/magical world.

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Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, wtf, meh, leah-cypess, ghosts
This is not going to be a review, because I read this years ago, and I can't remember anything besides the pointless last part.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chachic by: Celina
Originally posted here.

So I'm usually not a fan of ghost stories but I made an exception with Nightspell because of its intriguing premise. Besides, even if the Ghostland setting is a bit creepy, it wasn't really scary. I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to ghosts, I don't even watch horror films. I didn't have to worry about that in this book. Darri travels to Ghostland, a country where every murdered person comes back as a ghost to avenge his or her death, only then could they move on. Unfort
May 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ok I'm sorry, I just thought this book was so stupid. It seems a little harsh to give it 1 star but I can't think of anything I liked about it.

First of all, this book is about a place called Ghostland where the dead live among the living, it should be eerie and creepy and suspenseful - it was none of those things, I felt nothing as I read this book. It reminded me of the movie Casper starring Bill Pullman.

This is a 'stand alone companion novel' to Mistwood, the linking character being Prince
This book was interesting enough that I finished the whole thing, but the problem I had with both this book and Mistwood was that there was much too much critical information that was just left for the reader to infer. Both books focus very heavily on court intrigue and characters seems to betray each other and change sides endlessly. Now, I love court intrigue books, but I kept feeling like the book thought I was stupid for not understanding what was going on. A bit more context would have real ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
It's terribly confusing that this is supposedly book #2 in the Mistwood series, because I came in with the expectation that I would recognize some characters or at least some elements of the fictional world on which it was based. It would be less misleading if it were labeled a standalone. As it was, I had to force myself to go back and read the excruciatingly bad book #1, and thus now have relegated myself to finish two thoroughly terrible books that are completely unrelated. And now I'm extra ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2011
Four years ago, Callie was forced to leave her home and family as part of an arranged marriage to the prince of Ghostland, despite being too young to marry at the time. Still she remained in Ghostland - essentially as a hostage to ensure a tenuous peace between their two countries.

From the day Callie was sent away, Darri vowed to rescue her beloved younger sister. Finally Darri gets her chance when she and her subtly cunning brother Varis travel to Ghostland to deal with the dangerous inhabitant
Raven Lucero
Feb 02, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: Death lovers
Recommended to Raven by: Myself, as usual
I liked Mistwood better.

Many of the problems for me originated from the fact that I didn't like any of the characters. All of them had their own agendas that counteracted each other, and all of them refused to compromise with one another. This made for a very frustrating experience, especially when plans that actually made sense were foiled by the more idiotic ones.

There is an abundance of info-dumping sections that really destroyed the mood for me. None of the characters figured out much until
Eh. I enjoyed reading this book - it was certainly good entertainment - but I'm not sure if I would recommend it. It's a little slow, and I only stuck it out because the premise - that of a land where murder victims always come back as ghosts and live among the living - was so enthralling. The characters (with one exception) were run-of-the-mill epic fantasy stock, and the plot wasn't particularly complex, but the idea that the living and the dead lived together with hardly any real distinction ...more
When I reviewed Mistwood by Leah Cypess last year, I talked about was how refreshing it was to read a young adult book that wasn’t focused solely on a romantic plot. This was also one of my favorite things about Mistwood’s companion novel, Nightspell, which I was lucky enough to get my hands on last week (it comes out tomorrow!). I should really stop saying lucky, since I almost always find books in the bookstore before their release, so I am probably not special. Alas.

I love the plots in the Mi
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
A place where the dead are both as solid as the living and as shadowy as ghosts - that is where Darri and her brother Varis are riding. Darri’s purpose for coming to Ghostland is simple: to save her sister Callie, who’s been trapped in that ghastly place since she was a child. We’re not sure what is driving Varis: he is all strategy in his stoic, detached way. What we do know is that he strives unwaveringly to do the will of his father, the king, and what’s in the best interest of their country ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Two royal siblings from a Mongol (Hun?) like culture, each sibling with their own agenda, visit the ghostfilled kingdom to which their youngest sister was sent as a treaty bride. It is a different concept, not cookie-cutter fantasy (or is it supposed to be YA?) at all. It is concept, creepy but in a good way. I really liked this.

It is a sequel of sorts to Mistwood, but different in tone. Mistwood was a sort of a fantasy mystery, where plot turned on psychological twists. Nightspell is as well a
This is that rarity: an idea-driven YA fantasy. And it's a big idea--big enough to fill all 300+ pages, and, unfortunately, big enough to leave very little space for characters or worldbuilding or anything else. What if the murdered dead came back as ghosts? Not just one exceptional protagonist or antagonist, but all of them? How would this affect society, as the centuries passed and ghosts piled up on ghosts, filling every hall to the rafters? If you knew your afterlife would look just like you ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was more of a two and a half stars read.

The ending was such a disappointing waste of time. I feel as if the whole book was rather a waste. Why bother going through all of that anyway? They didn't accomplish anything. Replacing one evil with another and leaving things in such a tangled way is just sad. I guess I really just don't buy the whole argument that they exist and aren't really dead. That existence shouldn't just be taken from them. Yeah, dead is dead. And sorry but the author took s
Liza Wiemer
NIGHTSPELL is terrific. Leah Cypess created a fascinating & surprising world - Ghostland - where the dead walk around like the living, so much so that it's hard to tell who is alive and who is dead. That is until Leah does an amazing job of describing these ghosts - their smells, their decaying bodies, their special abilities like shifting their shapes into something grotesque. In Ghostland the dead and the living move around side by side, but it isn't all good. The dead want respect, power, and ...more
Christina Lawson
Probably the dumbest book I've read in a long time. If I could compare this book to something, it would be a food that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I wasted quite a bit of time finishing it, considering the fact that I would either fall asleep or find something more interesting to do - like clip my nails.

Please read this and spare yourself.

I didn't care about any of the characters. The only slightly interesting one was Varis. The pacing dragged and was boring because the characters were act
Eh. I MUCH preferred the first one- Mistwood.

Although this was interesting and refreshing, there was no romance and I still don't quite understand what happened at the end.

Did Callie Make It? Guess well never know. And that, is so damn frustrating.
This had a lot of potential but just didn't live up to it. More romance and growth for the characters would have helped.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raellian Prince Varis and Princess Darriniaka, or Darri for short, travel to their neighboring country Ghostland in order to marry off Darri to the Prince of Ghostland to form an alliance with them. However, Darri has other motivations for accepting the proposal; she just wants to take Callie, her younger sister who was also sent off years prior to be married off, out of Ghostland and take her back home to their plains. On the other hand, Varis also has other motivations and is determi
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrenyalit
The young adult genre is full of fast, easy reads. And that is fine with me. I like being entertained without having to think too much. Sometimes though, having to do a little work to read a book is worthwhile. Leah Cypess' novels are not easy. You aren't flipping through the pages in great suspense; instead, you carefully read each page, because the little things are important. You don't spend half the novel sighing over the handsome hero; instead you savor complex, not always likable character ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ya
It's a giveaway!!! Make sure to check out Bewitched Bookworms were you can find my review of both Mistwood and Nightspell, plus enter the giveaway for a copy of each of these books!! The giveaway closes on July 1st, 2011.

Let's indulge cutie for a moment whilst she explains the obvious.
So, a story line is the A to B to C which eventually will get us to Z of a story. It's everything that happens and then some, whilst a plot is the twists and turns that are thrown into the story which manipulate it
Brandy Painter
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
3.5 stars I did like it better than Mistwood

Originally posted here.

Nightspell by Leah Cypess is a companion novel to her debut, Mistwood. It can be read as a stand alone novel, the two only share one character and you don't need to know her story from the first novel to enjoy or understand this one.

Despite what the synopsis may lead you to believe, Darri is really not the main character. Or at least not all by herself. She shares that position with both her siblings, Callie and Varis, and also w
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was first posted on

I love Historical Fantasy. Maybe not as much as Small, but plenty, but my obsession is healthy enough. When I read Mistwood last year, I was pleased with it, but also aware of a slight dissatisfaction. I think it stems from the fact that, though Cypess' novels (and I say this based on the only two she's written) do not quite make the "Smidge of romance" grade. They have happy endings in that the conflict is resolved--not, generally witho
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, arcs, tour
Nightspell was an incredibly unique and alluring high fantasy novel. Even though this is considered a companion novel to Mistwood, you don't have to have read it (like me) to comprehend what is going on. I think my favorite aspect of Nightspell was the originality and world building. The idea of Ghostland was so different from anything I've read before and the characters were all complex and well developed. The story opens with Darri and her brother, Varis, riding to Ghostland to rescue their yo ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Nightspell is an alluring spellbinding fantasy with a fantastic twist. The story's strong characters, and unique world, Ghostland, make Nightspell the perfect companion novel to Leah Cypess's debut novel, Mistwood.

The story centers on Darri who's traveling with her brother, Prince Varis, to rescue their youngest sister Callie. Callie was taken a few years ago and brought to the dreaded Ghostland. In this land where the living and the dead live side by side, nothing is what it seems, even for C
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Maybe more like three and a quarter stars. Better than her first book in this series/universe. Not by a whole lot, but more than enough to be an interesting read. I don't know whether the author found an editor or got a different one, but the writing improved to the point that it seems to be one or the other. Far more showing instead of telling, the mystery was more engaging and puzzling (still easy to figure out, but it still unfolded far better than the last one), the characters were much more ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me just say right up front that I will read anything that Leah Cypess writes. She could make the contents of Cheerios interesting. This book clinched her spot in my top ten authors so I hope that she will write quickly and produce more, more and more!

The characters in this book were varied and had a depth that was carried throughout the novel. Darri was well drawn and a heroine who will do anything to get her sister back. Her fierceness was evident in every breath. The places that Cypess ta
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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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ugh..... this book was okay, maybe a 1.5. I kind of liked Mistwood, so I thought that this book would be just as interesting. But no. No it's not. The plot is confusing, thee characters are all static and basically do the same things over and over again....about halfway through the book I just wanted it to be over. With less then 100 pages left, I had to stop. I couldn't read anymore. There was also the extremely disgusting part where she is describing a murder, and vividly talking about how the ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, teen
Interesting premise about two neighboring kingdoms that misunderstand one another, one kingdom composed of the living and the other composed of the dead. This had remarkable potential for an off-beat love story, or for discourse on family relationships, or even the challenges of making sense of our differences. It would also have been interesting to further explore what death means. In the end, I wasn't particularly impressed with the plot or the characters. It always seemed like something lovel ...more
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“She's my /sister./" He had no doubt that Clarisse was telling the truth: that Darri was down here in the caves, that she was trying to end the spell. And that she was about to die. "If you kill her, I'll tear this country down. I'll grind silver into the soil. I swear it."
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