Last year, Harper Collins published NIGHTSPELL, which is a companion novel to the fascinating MISTWOOD. From the publisher's description of the novel:
"Here be ghosts, the maps said, and that was all.
In this haunted kingdom, ghosts linger—not just in the deepest forests or the darkest caverns, but alongside the living, as part of a twisted palace court that revels all night and sleeps through the daylight hours."
School Library Journal describes the beginnings of the story: "Princess Darrianka and her brother, Varis, travel far from their barbaric home in the Raellian countryside to Ghostland for different reasons—Darri is hoping to save her sister from a political marriage to the prince of Ghostland. Varis is following their father's orders and plans to trade Darri for Callie and then to conquer Ghostland for territorial domination." The reviewer goes on to say that "Nightspell is a great entry into fantasy" and would make a "good read-loud."
Children's Literature calls the book "an entertaining read that provides a unique premise." VOYA writes that NIGHTSPELL is "a solid fantasy read that takes place in a medieval setting of castles and warring tribes."
The reviewer from Kirkus Reviews praises Cypess for her "elegant, allusive prose" that "conveys both the claustrophobic horror and overripe allure of the decadent court, where the dead exude macabre charm, disarming sorrow and a dreadful 'otherness.'" Kirkus ultimately calls it: "Morbid and moving, transcendent and triumphant."
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