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 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
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This epic ya fantasy was a delightful read. It has all the ingredients that I look for in a story, plus a great writing style that will quickly absorb you into this magical land.
Arrow Of The Mist, can best be described as a journey, not only a journey to find a solution to a problem, but a journey of a young heroine whom happens to be very smart and strong.
Lia, is everything I enjoy reading about. She's strong, independent, fearless, and excellent with a bow. Lia also has a fierceness to protect her family and has no doubts over her decision to journey into the magical, mysterious, land of Brume.
Lia's father has been stricken ill with a deadly aliment, caused by roots in the forest. An ailment that has stricken this small village in the celtic community. Lia knows there is only one option for her, and that is to save her father, no matter what the cost are. Lia learns of place, that may hold the cure for her father, as well as many other's whom have been recently stricken in this tiny village. She sets off on her journey with her Granda, Wynn her cousin, and a family friend whom holds a special liking to Lia, Kelven , oh, and of course her most trustworthy companion, her dog, Koun.
As there journey is plagued with illness the companions must part ways and Lia and Wynn must continue on the journey.
Brume is a forbidden forest which holds strange creatures, deadly aliments, and a strange draw for our heroine, as she learns there may be more to her strength and cunningness then she ever dreamed possible. She learns more of herself and her magical ties to the land, and she also shines as a strong fierce heroine, whom I would love to shoot a bow & arrow with!
The writing style gripped me into this magical, fantasy story and I enjoyed every aspect of this young adult read. This book has EVERYTHING I look for in a fantasy read! From a strong female heroine, to the quick paced action, to the magical creatures, to the journey itself. A delight for readers and fantasy buff's Arrow of the Mist is a quick-paced, exciting, read.