Book Review: Mistwood

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Title: Mistwood (Mistwood #1)
Author: Leah Cypess
Origins: Bought
Summary: [from GoodReads] The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can’t help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court… until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart… and everything she thought she knew.

My Review: This book caught my eye one day wandering through the bookstore after a long work day. I decided I needed a bit of a treat so I bought it rather on a whim. I have to say I am very glad I did. 

One of the big things I enjoyed about this was the perspective. Most novels about the paranormal are from the perspective of the human, and for good reason. The reader has to be able to relate to the main character in order to be invested in what happens to them. The easiest way to do that is to make the MC as similar to the reader as possible, which by default means the MC is human. But in this case, despite several completely human options, Cypess chooses to go with the paranormal and make her relatable by erasing her memory. Without any memory of her paranormal activity and stuck in a seemingly human form we are able to stumble along with her discovering everything about who she is only when she does. 

That’s another good thing about this one – the suspense. One of the great things about having an amnisiac MC is the writer really controls what information the audience gets when, without it ever seeming contrived. There is no thinking “how could you fail to mention something so big?” or “You just said that to make more story” because the MC literally knows nothing and can’t just magically “remember” the solution just in time.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good book with an original premise. I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy and the paranormal.

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