I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Series: Arrow of the Mist
on March 21, 2013
Genres: fantasy, middle grade, YA
Source: Blog Tour
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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.
About the Author
Christina Mercer writes fiction in addition to mothering two young adults, a pack of large dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees. Her varied interests prompted her to study creative writing, earn her official degree in Accounting, become a CPA, acquire a certificate in Herbal Studies, and keep honeybees. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference and was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest. You can find her at www.christinamercer.com or working as the Reviews Director at www.indie-visible.com
Arrow of the Mist is a creepy fantasy. I would feel comfortable letting my 9 year old read this, and it’s great for all ages.
Lia is a strong female character. She isn’t like the other girls in her village, and doesn’t care about wearing dresses or getting married. She loves mixing herbs for the people in her village. She’s just an all out strong person. She doesn’t let anything deter her. Wynn, Lia’s cousin, is funny. He thinks about what could happen if they go down a certain path, but ultimately has Lia’s back. They are family, and mean so much to each other.
There’s trouble at every turn for these cousins. They seem to constantly run into a life threatening situation. I do love how fairytales are brought to life in this book. Everything is based on nature. I think that helps show the significance of how we treat the wilderness to the forefront.
I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a strong character that can be looked up to. It’s a quick read, and I hope to read more about Lia and Wynn in the future.
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