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Darri's sister was sent to the land of the ghost when she was just a small child. But now Darri is able to go see her sister and with any luck can bring her home. But Darri is in for a surprise, nothing is as it seems in this ghostly land. Darri's sister has changed more than she could have ever guessed. Will Darri be able to save her sister? Or will she be sidetracked by the ghost prince who actually seems quite alive at times. Is a plan to free the dead from this land once and for all?

This is a very different read. I loved how the ghosts and the living were living together in this kingdom, where night is day and day is night, to accommodate the ghosts who dislike the sun. This is a dark novel full of mystery. I am looking forward to reading any other novels by Leah Cypess.

Book Blurb for Nightspell

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.

Darri's sister was trapped in this place of fear and shadows as a child. And now Darri has a chance to save her sister . . . if she agrees to a betrothal with the prince of the dead. But nothing is simple in this eerie kingdom—not her sister, who has changed beyond recognition; not her plan, which will be thrown off track almost at once; and not the undead prince, who seems more alive than anyone else.

In a court seething with the desire for vengeance, Darri holds the key to the balance between life and death. Can her warrior heart withstand the most wrenching choice of all?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.50