Arrow of the Mist
Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Publication date: March 21st 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
Okay, I have to admit, I'm not really sure how I feel about this book right now. I feel like I say that often. However, I think it's my current mood that's keeping me from really thinking straight. And, I know I say this often too, but I mean it this time, I think this will be a short review.
The good? I liked the characters and/or felt neutral about others, so no problem there. Even though I think Lia's character type is a bit overused in fantasy. I would love to see a girl character who wants what other girls want at first, but is still capable of wanting other things and not always fitting into the norm. The whole "I wear boy's clothes, I'm not married, blah blah blah" is a bit old just saying. Still, I did like Lia's character, so it was all good.
I also liked the story which helped a great deal. However, for me the story felt a bit slow, which made the book feel a bit longer than I had expected. At first I would take breaks between chapters because I just wasn't too interested, though I did begin go wonder make hat happened next so I would end up going back to the book. I do feel like I missed a few things though during my first read however. Overall, I think the book is worth another read.
I gave Arrow of the Mist a 3/5.
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