Author: Leah Cypess
Publisher: Greenwillow (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Shifter is an ancient creature bound by magic to protect the king of Samorna. But when Prince Rokan comes to get her from the Mistwood, she can't remember anything about her past. As she learns about the dangers facing the king-to-be and about her own history, things become even more confusing than before.
The intricate plot of Mistwood is full of intrigue and surprise twists. Every time I thought I finally figured out what was going on, something else popped up to turn the story in a new direction. The question of the Shifter/Isabel's true nature is pervasive throughout the book (and is actually the main focus) and the answer to that was a complete surprise to me! Of course, I was able to figure out a few things by the time her true nature is revealed, but the final few pages bring everything together in a whirlwind of events.
This book is really plot-driven, not character-driven (which I tend to prefer) so I didn't get completely involved in the story. That said, in its own merit the book is really great, crafted and put together in an amazing way. The plot manages to be both complicated and completely clear at the same time, and the pace is fast and exciting. I would recommend this as a good read.