Everyone tells Isabel that she is the Shifter - the ancient shape-shifting creature who has protected the kings of Samorna for centuries. They need her to be the Shifter. Prince Rokan risked everything when he rode into the Mistwood to summon her to his side; Ven, the magician's apprentice, has devoted his life to studying her legend; and even Princess Clarisse, who fears and hates her, depends on Isabel's powers to further her own plans.
But Isabel doesn't feel like the Shifter. She feels like a lonely human girl, beset by flashes of memory that do more to confuse than to help her. If she is the Shifter, why can't she change her shape? Why doesn't she remember what made her flee the castle so many years ago? As she is drawn deeper into a web of magic and assassination, Isabel will have no choice but to look for answers. But her search will lead her to the one question the Shifter hasn't faced in a thousand years: where does she come from, and what does she really want?
I won this book over at The Spectacle and was seriously happy, as I've seen it several places and really wanted to read it! (Dang grad school--I hate being so poor! And my library is closed for another few weeks... Okay, okay, I'm not going to die or anything, but sometimes I have serious book-related woes!) Anyhow, yes, I was stoked to win this, and very stoked to find it signed for me. Totally awesome! And this past weekend turned to be perfect for reading and I ripped through this book in a sitting. LOVED it. I adored all the intrigue and double-crossing and questions about loyalty and identity. Several of the twists caught me by surprised, which was an added bonus--that doesn't happen all that often :) Isabel was a very complex and interesting character and I loved reading about her. I do wish she could have shifted more--that sounded flat-out awesome, in the I-wish-I-could-do-that kind of way. Anyhow, I just found out there's going to be a companion book, Nightspell, coming out in May of next year. Looking forward to it! And go check out this book!