Friday, July 5, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer


Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Publication date: March 21st 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Received an ebook to participate in the blog tour and give an honest review. 
Synopsis:
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.

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AUTHOR BIO
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

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

You can find the rest of the rest of the tour schedule here: Arrow of the Miss Tour Schedule

MY REVIEW
Arrow of the Mist has been one of those books that I've been really looking forward to! As soon as I read the description and saw the gorgeous cover...I was smitten! I can also now gladly say that it completely lived up to my expectations! It was an imaginative story full of wonderfully fantastical descriptions! I absolutely loved it, and I definitely cannot wait for the sequel, Arms of Anu, which is expected to be released this fall! :D

Along with the unique world through Arrow of the Mist, it was full of amazing characters! The main character, Lia, was so strong, free-willed and spirited! She was amazing, and I loved getting to experience the story through her. Lia's family also plays a huge role in the story, and I loved their relationships with one another. Her cousin, Wynn, was great companion on her quest, and they complimented each other well. I also loved that they discovered parts of their family history together, and that they both unlocked gifts that they have inherited from their Grandma. I also absolutely loved Lia's Granda! And...I definitely loved Kelven...Lia's love interest. ;P He was so calm, and collected, and while he wasn't the main focus of the novel (Lia was too busy being awesome and completing her quest), I really enjoyed the dynamics that they shared. I also enjoyed the fact that while Lia was pretty much smitten with Kelven...her quest was her main focus, and I totally loved her for that. :)

As I mentioned, the world created through Arrow of the Mist was fantastic! It was unique, and so flushed out...it was one of those worlds that you can almost picture yourself walking through while reading. Christina Mercer did an amazing job describing everything, and her writing really brought it all to life. I loved the descriptions of the various magical happenings...I don't want to describe them too much because you totally need to experience them for yourself, and I just absolutely Brume! The different creatures, the landscapes...everything was so amazing, and I loved it! I was completely swept up in Lia's world, and she was the perfect character to discover it all through---she was curious, but smart, and I definitely thought she made getting to "see" Brume even better!

Overall, I loved Arrow of the Mist! I loved Christina Mercer's writing, and her world-building was extremely well done! I loved all of the characters, and am eagerly anticipating its sequel, Arms of Anu! I'd recommend Arrow of the Mist to fantasy fans who have a particular soft spot for magic and new worlds full of wondrous things. I even think those that haven't delved into much fantasy will love this one. It's inventive, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)



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