By Leah Cypess

Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780061957024, 326pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2011


Here be ghosts, the maps said, and that was all.

In this haunted kingdom, ghosts lingernot 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 kingdomnot 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?

About the Author
Leah Cypess wrote her first short story in which the narrator was an ice cream cone at the age of six. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Maryland. She is also the author of the acclaimed fantasy novels Death Marked, Mistwood, and Nightspell.

Praise For Nightspell

“Transcendent and triumphant.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)