Saturday, 16 March 2013

Nightspell by Leah Cypress: Review

Nightspell wins first prize for originality! This story swept me away into a kingdom where ghosts linger amongst the living. Together they reside in a castle that parties all night and sleeps by day. That, of course, is when the inhabitants – both living and dead – aren’t intriguing against each other. That skulduggery often leads to murder – the reason there are so many ghosts in Ghostland Kingdom. The dead are supposed to return just long enough to kill their killers, but, unfortunately, most of them enjoy their half-life too much, seeing it as an opportunity to terrorise the living and party to their hearts’ content!

Darrie’s sister Carrie was trapped here as a child. Now Darrie has a chance to save Carrie if she agrees to a betrothal with the prince of the dead. From the moment Darrie arrives in Ghostland she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Even her little sister has changed in ways she could not have believe possible.
 This book was such fun, keeping me riveted from the beginning to the end. I loved the characters – especially Cassie. Darrie was a tough-as-nails warrior too. But most of all I fancied Prince Kestin. Even though he’s dead, he still managed to command the page, leaving me with a lasting impression of his latent ‘hotness’ and intelligence. Too bad he’s a ghost. (Yes, I know. I’m very shallow)

But the thing that really grabbed me about Nightspell was the world building. Leah Cypress’s writing is beautifully evocative. The flagstones were hard and cold under my feet as I followed the characters and their convoluted adventure around the castle. I was so sad to leave and really hope she writes a sequel. I just cannot believe there’s no hope for that tortured prince! In fact, that was my only complain about this book. The ending was inconclusive, leaving me to think that she is planning a sequel.

This is definitely a book I wish I had written. How much more praise can I possibly give it? If it hadn’t been for the ending I would have given it five stars, but I will settle for four star-studded ghosts.  


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