Book Review: Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer

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Age Range: 9 and up (Middle Grade/Young Adult)

Series: None

Genre: Fantasy

Paperback: 270 pages

Publisher: Christina Mercer; 1 edition (March 13, 2013)

Formats: Ebook, paperback

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

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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About the Author:

I write for children and young
adults and blog about my ever-adventurous journey as a writer. I was
thrilled to have two of my books honored: Arrow of the Mist was
a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, as
well as awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Writer’s Digest 21st
annual Self-Published Book Awards, and my current manuscript, Honey Queen, was
chosen as Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 North/Central California
SCBWI Regional Conference. I am proud to be the Reviews Director and an
Author Member at Indie-Visible.  And as a lover of beekeeping, I can’t help but also include tidbits on this topic.

5 Random Things About Me:
*I’m a CPA
*I’m a Certified Herbalist
*I’m ambidextrous
*I don’t eat mammals
*My great, great uncle was movie director & writer Frank Capra  FRANK CAPRA QUOTES
You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, TumblrGoodreads

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My Thoughts:

This book is great for middle grade and young adult readers. It’s a
clean, beautifully written quest of a young girl looking for a cure to
the poison that her father and grandfather fell victim to.

The characters are all very likable. Lia is a sweet girl that you can’t
help but love. Wynn is a stalwart and loyal friend and cousin to Lia. I
really liked Kelven and I wish that we could have seen more of him.

The one thing that really stood out to me in this book was the writing.
Everything was described in beautiful detail, although it never got
tedious. This is not a fast paced, heart pounding, action book. It is
well planned, nicely paced, and executed very well.

The Cover: I absolutely love this cover. The style and the colors used
are perfect for the story and give an accurate feel for what the book is
like.

Content: clean

BONUS: Arrow of the Mist is only $0.99 for the ebook!


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2 Comments

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    Tressa S
    November 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I saw one reviewer say this book was so boring, and for them I'm sure it was. I reviewed it as part of its tour a while back. It is as you say, slower-paced, but beautifully written. It reminded me of Juliet Marillier who I love. I'm looking forward to a sequel, which is supposedly supposed to be out this fall, but maybe that's been pushed back.

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      November 13, 2013 at 3:28 am

      A sequel would be awesome I think. I didn't mind the slower pace. I think that too often books tend to rush from scene to scene, and I liked the way she took her time and created something beautiful.

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