16. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Melody, Teen Books

Nightspell by Leah Sypess, 326 pages, read by Melody, on 02/09/2012

Bright and engaging fantasy, Nightspell is moving, thoughtful, and a little strange.  A princess is to be married to a prince of a nearby kingdom, nothing new there, but besides the standard courtly murder and intrigue, there are ghosts who are indistinguishable from the living.  Our heroine, a warrior from sun filled plains, goes to this dark forbidding place to save her sister who was sent here as a child.  Who is dead?  Who is alive?  Does it even matter?  Beautiful book, sad and lovely and complicated and inventive.

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