Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer (5 stars)

About Arrow of the Mist

Terror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when barbed roots breach the veil of a forbidden land an d 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 unfold s. 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.

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With her dad dying, Lia embarks on a journey with her grandfather through enchanted lands armed with a guide left behind by her grandmother. Soon into the journey, Lia begins to decipher her grandmother's words and realizes the power within her.

Still, the road is dangerous and many are dependent on her successfully completing her mission. Nothing about the quest is simple. Can she survive long enough to help those she loves?

I loved this book! First, Mercer possesses a beautiful command of the language. There were parts I re-read for the pure beauty of words and imagery. She created a land so vivid that I felt like I was walking with Lia on her journey.

And Lia... what a great character. She's determined to help her family and quick to put pieces of the puzzle together. Most of all, her heart guides her. Where others would falter, she thrives. So much of the story reminds us the importance of connecting to nature and the power we can find there.

In addition, there's danger, intrigue, magnificent creatures, and twists and turns. What more could you want? 

I highly recommend Arrow of the Mist for readers who enjoy a beautifully-written adventure. I can't wait wait to read book two, Arms of Anu.

Rating: 5 stars

About The Author

Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fict ion for children and young adults. She took Writer’ s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Reg ional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honora ble Mention in the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in A ccounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resid es in Northern California enjoying life with her husba nd, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes from Mark My Words Book Publicity. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.