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Nightspell Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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About the Author
Leah Cypess wrote her first short story—in which the narrator was an ice cream cone—at the age of six. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Maryland. She is also the author of the acclaimed fantasy novels Death Marked, Mistwood, and Nightspell.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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 :)
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.
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.
The premises to the books in Leah Cypess's Mistwood series always appear straightforward but anyone who has read Mistwood knows in actuality nothing is as it seems and the motivations of every character will come under question. I appreciated that knowledge going into Nightspell, the companion book to Mistwood. I knew it would make it easier to connect with characters who have slippery motivations without the plot twists that accompany them becoming predictable. It certainly helps that Cypess has created an original, intriguing setting in Ghostland, one I will not forget. Its mysteries slowly begin to unfold in the first chapter and keep you hooked with each reveal of its are-they-or-aren't-they ghostly players and their machinations.
Going along with the worldbuilding are the themes that accompany a land where everyone becomes a ghost at death. Technically Ghostland inhabitants find immortality in death if they aren't killed permanently by silver or sunlight. But should they exist because they can talk, walk, and look just like their living counterparts?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book takes you by surprise again and again, and the result is a compelling, complex book that is hard to put down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miriam Greystone
Well plotted and hard to put down, this story stays with you and makes you think.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading Mistwood by the same author, I was excited to purchase and read Nightspell. I had high hopes for this book, but it fell short of my expectations. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marie "teh bitey"
I absolutely loved this book! The concept is fantastic! The idea of all those ghosts that exist among the living was refreshing and original. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by lench85
I was so incredibly excited to read this book, after loving Mistwood to pieces. However, this companion really fell short . . . Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Kayla
Wow!! That is my first thought! Such great twists and turns in this story!! Some I never saw coming!! Great story and very well written. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by K. April Holgate
Nightspell is a fantastic fantasy novel. Author Leah Cypess paints a very descriptive, lush world. This story is so action packed and suspenseful, it was hard to put down! Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Erin Cashman
I picked up Nightspell because Leah Cypess was on my list of authors-to-read, I love fantasy books and I enjoy stories with siblings. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by michelle
Nightspell by Leah Cypess is amazing--I loved the story. I loved Darri, Callie, and all the other characters. Especially Darri. Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Ashelynn Hetland