Thursday, 4 July 2013

Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer

Arrow of the MistTitle: Arrow of the Mist

Series: N/A

Christina Mercer

Published: 21st March 2013

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review


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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My Review

Fantasy has got to be one of my favourite genres ever. I love the different worlds and fantastical elements to the story and the character development in fantasies, especially epics, is really quite amazing. Arrow of the Mist was a really good fantasy novel and it's combination of herb-lore and magic is not something I've often read!

I found the herb-lore to be really interesting and I thought all the different cryptic rhymes in the Grimoire were very cool. I loved the mystery and intrigue surrounding Brume and it's creatures.

I prefer my fantasy novels to have darker tones and though I realise this book is intended for a younger YA audience, I couldn't help myself imagining how intense this book could be with some really evil, dark sinister force playing a major parts throughout this book. Being a MG/YA book, I didn't expect darkness, but being a personal favourite of mine in fantasy, I couldn't help but wish for it anyway.

I couldn't quite lose myself in the book. I thought Lia's character was great and I really loved her development, but I wasn't as connected to the story as I would've liked to have been. I don't think it was through any fault of the books, it just wasn't quite my style.

I enjoyed this book and think it will be loved by younger fantasy readers. The idea for the story was fantastic and I really liked the world of Nemetona.I would've liked to see a bit more development in the other characters throughout the story, but I was really happy with Lia and loved watching her come into herself. Arrow of the Mist was a very enjoyable read.

3.5/5 Whales

Author Bio - Christina Mercer

Christina MercerChristina 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 or working as the Reviews Director at 

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