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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006195702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061957024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Transcendent and triumphant.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

About the Author

Leah Cypess is the author of the acclaimed Mistwood and its companion Nightspell, as well as numerous short stories. She lives with her husband and three small children in Boston, Massachusetts.


More About the Author

Leah Cypess wrote her first story in first grade. The narrator was an ice-cream cone in the process of being eaten. In fourth grade, she wrote her first book, about a girl who was shipwrecked on a desert island with her faithful and heroic dog (a rip-off of both The Black Stallion and all the Lassie movies).

After selling her first story while in high school, she gave in to her mother's importuning to be practical and majored in biology at Brooklyn College. She then went to Columbia Law School and practiced law for almost two years. She kept writing and submitting in her spare time, and finally, a mere 15 years after her first short story acceptance, she sold her first novel.

Leah currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and children.

Customer Reviews

Great story and very well written.
K. April Holgate
It doesn't have to be the main focus of the story but I like having even a hint of one somewhere.
michelle
I loved her debut book Mistwood and really enjoyed reading Nightspell.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CRISTY on June 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
NIGHTSPELL (Mistwood #2) is everything that MISTWOOD was not. And being that NIGHTSPELL is a companion book and not a sequel to MISTWOOD, I'd recommend skipping MISTWOOD all together. The only connection the two books really had was a common character and even that was only by barely.

NIGHTSPELL is a ghost story rich with betrayal, royalty, murder, magic, politics and nonstop suspense. Definitely a page turner that is hard to put down. Leah Cypress vividly introduces the reader to Ghostland, which is quite literally a spooky kingdom. Unlike any other realm, here the dead (those that fall victim to foul play anyway) come back as ghost to live out eternity side-by-side with the living. But all is not as it seems as the secrets of Ghostland are revealed and the mysteries compile with captivating plot twist and perfectly executed pacing.

NIGHTSPELL (Mistwood #2) is well thought-out and beautifully executed with a strong cast and unique premise. Not having cared for its predecessor, MISTWOOD, I'd say I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed NIGHTSPELL. A great read for anyone up for a bit of mystery a good amount of betrayal and a heck of a lot of spooks
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tara Gonzalez on December 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved Nightspell by Leah Cypess. I enjoyed Mistwood, but I admit to being rather confused by it - definitely drops you right into the story.

But I loved the story and the setting and everything about Nightspell. There's mystery and murder and ghosts and knives and even though I never knew who the hell to trust, I sure had a lot of fun trying to figure it out with Darri, the protagonist.

There was a lot of point of view changing, which bothered me at first, but I enjoyed it more once I got used to it because I was able to see and understand story elements I wouldn't have otherwise.

The setting was awesome. I loved the idea of there being a place where ghosts and humans inhabited the same space, where they knew of each other and accepted each other outwardly, but not so much on the inside.

Overall, I loved Nightspell even more than I liked Mistwood. The story and the setting was much more vibrant to me (despite it being set in Ghostland), and if you're a fan of fantasy, I definitely recommend it.

Nightspell is a companion to Mistwood, so you don't need to read Mistwood to understand, but I recommend you do so, just because of the character that appears in both novels :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 three dimensional and as such, I was able to care about them and their situations. Granted, there were exceptions to that; anyone outside the main characters tended towards the two-dimensional side, but they were still interesting.

The narrative itself managed to convey a real sense of the creepy, which I appreciated. Nothing in this book should've been comfortable and it wasn't, at all; well done in that respect. The ending could've fallen into the trap of a pat resolution, and it didn't. The harder road was taken which isn't something I see much of in YA fiction, and I like it. Sometimes life doesn't have a good solution and it's nice to see a fantasy novel reflect that.

Overall a much better read and better writing all around. I won't be raving about this one, but unlike the previous book, I'd probably recommend this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leonid Korogodski on January 7, 2012
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Many reviews here already summarize what the story is about. Being a writer myself, I could go at length on Nightspell's excellent worldbuilding and plot structure. Instead, I'm going to offer two reader reactions.

My daughter picked up Nightspell after having thoroughly enjoyed Mistwood by the same author. Her initial reaction was less enthusiastic, apparently because it had been easier for her to identify with the main character in Mistwood right from the beginning. So the first quarter of the book went along slowly. But then, she got hooked and finished the last three quarters in a single all-night reading session. She slept through the next day, waking up toward the evening (she's on vacation), in a pattern that made me ask her if she was going to emigrate to Ghostland.

More recently, I had a dream of visiting my daughter's college dormitory as a ghost. For some reason, her roommate was totally freaked out. I regret not having enough presence of mind (hey, I was dreaming!) to tell her that it was perfectly normal and that she should go read Nightspell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on January 14, 2012
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I really tried to understand and enjoy this book. I really did try, however I can't hide the fact that I definitely didn't like it. I feel that the characters were terribly one dimensional and the only characters that had a chance to be interesting weren't given their chance to shine. Darri was a tad bit annoying and Callie was just plain confusing and bland. The brother, Varis, was as one dimensional as a piece of cardboard. Kestin, the ghost prince, who may had had an interesting back story to capitalize on wasn't even given one. The Defender and the Guardian had the potential to both be strong and amazing characters, but they weren't given that chance, and were once again drowned out by Darri. Everything revolved around annoying Darri and her dumb antics. I feel that Mrs. Cypess may had had a better chance if this book was about the Defender's and Guardian's stories, or perhaps even Kestin's, and not Darri.
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