Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Arrow of the Mist' by Christina Mercer - Review Blitz


Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Middle Grade/YA Fantasy
257 Pages


Award-Winning Middle Grade Fantasy; 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.


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.
To learn more about her at her writing visit her website HERE.
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have firmly become a new fan of Christina Mercer! Earlier this month I had the privilege to review 'Honey Queen' and really loved it, so I jumped at the chance to read 
'Arrow of the Mist'- was NOT disappointed!
This takes place in a fictional kingdom called  Nemetona, and we find Lia start a quest to find the cure from the poisoned roots for her father. On her quest she faces many trials, including other members of her party getting poisoned and learning that maybe everything she knows, might not be that accurate.
Lia has power in herself, and she learns more about it as she journeys on, and she finds that she has to make a really really impossible choice. I wont ruin anymore of the book.
Fantastic writing, Mercer had already enthralled her readers before and I have to tell you, this one is even better... so I need a 5+ rating. It's pace is perfect, I don't feel that just because this was a fictional land, that I had to play catch up to get the story. 
She really makes Lia's emotions as a 15 year old true to form. 
I know that you will love this book just as I have!
~Dowie

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