PUBLICATION: Published March 21st 2013
GENRE: YA/MG > Fantasy | Adventure
PAGES: 257pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: Review copy via tour host
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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Terror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when barbed roots breach the veil of a forbidden land and poison woodsmen, including 15-year-old Lia’s beloved father. Lia and three others embark on a quest to the forbidden land of Brume to gather ingredients for the cure. But after her elder kinsman is attacked and poisoned, she and her cousin, Wynn, are forced to finish the quest on their own.
Lia relies on her powerful herbal wisdom and the memorized pages of her late grandmother’s Grimoire for guidance through a land of soul-hungry shades, trickster creatures, and uncovered truths about the origin of Brume and her family’s unexpected ties to it. The deeper they trek into the land, the stronger Lia’s untapped gift as a tree mage unfolds. When she discovers the enchanted root’s maker, it forces her to question everything about who she is and what is her destiny. Ultimately she must make a terrible choice: keep fighting to save her father and the people of the lands or join with the power behind the deadly roots to help nature start anew.
My only reaction is WHOAH. Like, WHOAH, I’m completely blown away! WHOAH, did I just read a High Fantasy book… and managed to finished it?! WHOAH, it’s epicness is too much to handle! And WHOAH, I need the book two now! I did not expect that much attachment towards this book. I don’t know if you guys noticed, but I’m not really a fan of this genre. I’m more of a YA contemporary reader.. but I was really captivated by the cover and I noticed from the other reviews that this was a little MG-y so… why not?!
Lia’s Da is one of the many people that has been poisoned by a root called Straif. And there’s only one way to come up with cure that will not only help Lia’s father, but everyone in her village, and that is to explore the forbidden and dangerous lands of Brume. The quest started with 4 of them, but only 2 were forced to go on.. and that is Lia and her cousin, Wynn.
Christina Mercers characters are very.. lovable. There’s an attachment now between me and these characters and that’s why it was kind of hard to let go at the part that says ‘The End’. They’re all brilliantly written and outstandingly believable. Our protagonist, Lia, is nothing but awesomeness and badassness even though she’s just 15. I’m older than her and I know that I cannot do half of what she can do. She’s fearless, smart and compassionate. I found myself rooting for all of them too, for Wynn and his adorable wit and impressive courage, for Granda’s exceptional knowledge, even for Kelven.. Even though I didn’t get to see him that much in here. That’s about to change in book two, though. I AM EXCITED.
Mercer’s writing is lyrical. Very compelling and gripping. To be honest, half of my e-reader is highlighted because of all the wisdom that Mercer bestowed upon me. But what I loved most about this book is that it’s so fast paced and there in no dull chapter! None, I tell you! Nada! You will find yourself always looking forward for the next chapters. It’s addictive. And lastly, this book has every mythical creatures you could think of! I swear, every chapter I meet a new creature. And I loved it!!
Overall, Arrow Of The Mist is an excellent fix for the fantasy junkies out there. With a small touch of romance, a fearless and likeable heroine and a fast paced and well thought plot, it’s nothing but brilliant! I cannot wait to get lost on Lia’s world again in book two!
Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.