· Reading level: Young Adult
· Hardcover: 320 pages
· Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0061956996
Summary from Amazon
For centuries, the kings of Samorna have depended upon the immortal Shifter for protection. When the Crown Prince Rokan ventures into the Mistwood to find the Shifter, she again allows herself to be caught, to be tamed, and to be tangled into the deception and danger of the human court. The Shifter is uneasy, though. First she woke with no distinct memory of the past and now she finds that she is unable to change shape. As she adapts to palace life and painstakingly hides her inability to embrace her past abilities fully, she seems to become more the Lady Isabel as she is known in court, unwittingly displaying human emotions and hesitating in her bound duties to the crown. As Rokan becomes king, he is thrust into danger, seemingly from all sides. Isabel learns much more than she bargained for as she hunts among courtiers for conspirators and finds her loyalties divided. This story unfolds gracefully, mirroring the slow path Isabel must travel to begin understanding herself and her place in the world. Her journey in self-acceptance takes place within a country in turmoil.
I really enjoyed this book. Throughout the whole book the Shifter named Isabel is pretty much fighting within herself to determine if she is the true shifter or just a human girl. She has been made to protect the King at all costs using her ability to fight and shift into any animal. I can’t imagine just spending my life protecting someone who may or might not be a good person, but just because they are King I have to protect them. Rokan which is the future king and Isabel have this relationship where you continually think that she is more than just a shifter to him and he is more than just a King to her. Isabel has to face a huge decision in the end to defend Rokan or defend a person who is truly not a good person. I really wanted Rokan and Isabel to be together, I wish there could have been a little more Romance in the book, but at least the ending is happy. This book is full of mystery and will truly make you think about what is going on, and once you read the truth will unfold. I would definitely recommend this book.