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.
Strong and courageous Lia, a wonderful character whose skills at the bow are quick and accurate. A little Katniss, so to speak. Journeying through the forbidden land of Brume in order to seek out ingredients for a cure to the dark poisons that swell within her father and other townspeople’s veins before it is too late. She’s sort of a black sheep of the bunch, Lia. Rather playing with bows and arrows rather than picking up a needle and running around in boy clothes rather than a suitable frock or dress for a young lady of 15. Even so, Lia has the determination to fight the odds and enter Brume in order to save her father’s life. A tough journey that proves to Lia how strong she really is, as well as who she really is.
Though Lia’s character is vastly developed, being the POV of thrid person, past tense mostly follows around her, the other characters that follow suit on her journey fail to really captivate me or even make it past 2-dimensional. They where there to help aid Lia and really that was it for them in this novel. I couldn’t really tell you the outstanding characteristics that wowed me about each and every supporting character because I wouldn’t be able to really find any, sadly.
Regardless to that fact, the relationship and romance sparking between Lia and Kelven I happened to find sweet and savory while I was reading. A predictable outcome for these characters, but sweet nonetheless.
I just felt that the beginning was very rushed. First we were introduced to Lia and her adorable companion, Koun. The next her father was poisoned and she was heading off with her cousin and granda and romantic companion, Kelven into a forbidden area to gather ingredients. It all happened within a blink of an eye or a page or so. There was very sparse dramatic building in the novel. Things happened. Characters reacted. Dialogue was swapped. Bing, bang, boom. Not much to really pull me in or help develop the characters.
World-building was absolutely captivating. One of my favorite constructions of this whole novel. Celtic lore and the engrossing factor of the trees and roots and herbs that play a vital part to the novel’s plot caught me off guard in a good way! Such a powerful and unique way to go about working this fantasy novel, but Mercer wound it around her finger like nobody’s business. It was profound, littered with rich substance, and crafted ever so nicely. The writing even helped and excelled in shaping the world of Arrow of the Mist.
Final Summation: An enjoyable new fantasy novel that takes an entirely new route in the genre. The fascination and formation of this world and the entirety of ARROW OF THE MIST caught my attention and really sucked me in. Characters could use some major buffing and vitalizing. World-building was an A+. I’m excited to see where the sequel has in store.
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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ENDS: JULY 24th