- This page is about the animal Issola. For the House of the Issola, see Issola. For the book, see Issola (book).
The issola is a graceful bird, similar to a heron or stork, except with darker colors and sharper beak. At one point (Issola, ch. 1) Vlad recalls seeing one standing perfectly still and admiring its beauty... and then, suddenly, there was a fish in its beak, and then it had swallowed its prey -- and he had never seen it move. ("Issola strikes from courtly bow").