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Posted December 13, 2013
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.
BONUS: Arrow of the Mist is only $0.99 for the ebook!
Posted September 11, 2013
This is the story of Lia, a brave girl in search of a cure after her father is poisoned by a deadly thorn. The venomous plant is spreading quickly, killing peasants as they work in the woods. Dark magic is sending the root system far and wide, and the usual remedies don't heal the victims. Lia and three others embark on a quest to get the necessary ingredients to cure those infected. It is on this journey that Lia finds the power behind the poison plants and discovers she has magic of her own.
Arrow of the MistThe Arrow of the Mist is an awesome coming-of-age story, steeped in mystical folklore. Lia's long standing knowledge of natural resources and recently exposed inner power makes for a wonderful battle against evil - she uses her brain and brawn against magical enemies. The story is fast paced, the plot is entirely original, and the quest is thrilling. Lia battles evil and encounters first love on this quest; making the well-rounded protagonist even more dynamic. She is a heroine for all readers, and her quest will resonate with all who love a great adventure.
The combination of Celtic-inspired myth and very real botany is fun to read, the fight scenes are vivid and exciting, and the conflict is convincing. I love stories where good and bad overlap, and it is in this gray area that Lia finds herself. Does she finish what she started or surrender to the natural order of living things? This is a great book, and you will enjoy the adventure - I promise.
Posted August 11, 2013
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.
Posted July 12, 2013
Arrow of the Mist is a creepy fantasy. I would feel comfortable letting my 9 year old read this, and it’s great for all ages.
Lia is a strong female character. She isn’t like the other girls in her village, and doesn’t care about wearing dresses or getting married. She loves mixing herbs for the people in her village. She’s just an all out strong person. She doesn’t let anything deter her. Wynn, Lia’s cousin, is funny. He thinks about what could happen if they go down a certain path, but ultimately has Lia’s back. They are family, and mean so much to each other.
There’s trouble at every turn for these cousins. They seem to constantly run into a life threatening situation. I do love how fairytales are brought to life in this book. Everything is based on nature. I think that helps show the significance of how we treat the wilderness to the forefront.
I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a strong character that can be looked up to. It’s a quick read, and I hope to read more about Lia and Wynn in the future.
Posted July 5, 2013
Arrow of the Mist has been one of those books that I've been really looking forward to! As soon as I read the description and saw the gorgeous cover...I was smitten! I can also now gladly say that it completely lived up to my expectations! It was an imaginative story full of wonderfully fantastical descriptions! I absolutely loved it, and I definitely cannot wait for the sequel, Arms of Anu, which is expected to be released this fall! :D
Along with the unique world through Arrow of the Mist, it was full of amazing characters! The main character, Lia, was so strong, free-willed and spirited! She was amazing, and I loved getting to experience the story through her. Lia's family also plays a huge role in the story, and I loved their relationships with one another. Her cousin, Wynn, was great companion on her quest, and they complimented each other well. I also loved that they discovered parts of their family history together, and that they both unlocked gifts that they have inherited from their Grandma. I also absolutely loved Lia's Granda! And...I definitely loved Kelven...Lia's love interest. ;P He was so calm, and collected, and while he wasn't the main focus of the novel (Lia was too busy being awesome and completing her quest), I really enjoyed the dynamics that they shared. I also enjoyed the fact that while Lia was pretty much smitten with Kelven...her quest was her main focus, and I totally loved her for that. :)
As I mentioned, the world created through Arrow of the Mist was fantastic! It was unique, and so flushed out...it was one of those worlds that you can almost picture yourself walking through while reading. Christina Mercer did an amazing job describing everything, and her writing really brought it all to life. I loved the descriptions of the various magical happenings...I don't want to describe them too much because you totally need to experience them for yourself, and I just absolutely Brume! The different creatures, the landscapes...everything was so amazing, and I loved it! I was completely swept up in Lia's world, and she was the perfect character to discover it all through---she was curious, but smart, and I definitely thought she made getting to "see" Brume even better!
Overall, I loved Arrow of the Mist! I loved Christina Mercer's writing, and her world-building was extremely well done! I loved all of the characters, and am eagerly anticipating its sequel, Arms of Anu! I'd recommend Arrow of the Mist to fantasy fans who have a particular soft spot for magic and new worlds full of wondrous things. I even think those that haven't delved into much fantasy will love this one. It's inventive, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)
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Posted June 30, 2013
'Arrow of the Mist' is a young adult fantasy novel that follows leading lady Lia as she goes on a journey with her Granda, cousin Wynn, and family friend. They are going into the forbidden land of Brume - a harsh part of the country outside of their town's borders in order to gather valuable herbs to make a remedy for the mysterious illness that's attacking people of their village. During their journey, Lia's Granda becomes ill and it's up to Lia and Wynn to finish the important quest. Will they be able to gather the necessary plants and herbs to cure Lia's father and the others who have fallen ill? Or will the creatures and the dangerous truths of Brume claim Lia for their own?
This was a beautifully written and magical novel that immediately had me hooked from the first paragraph. I loved learning as much as I could about the kingdom of Nemetona, which was inspired by Celtic history. The back story of the land and its people was fascinating and I enjoyed discovering all the secrets that the Brume had to offer. I also loved learning about Lia's family history, especially her grandmother and their special powers that revolve around healing, magic, and herbs. I was totally intrigued by all the information that the author provided and I eagerly devoured each page. The characters were all well rounded and easy to like, especially that of Lia. She's a strong female lead character who is a great role model as well. She's smart, focused, devoted to her family, and skilled in several important areas like hunting and working with herbs to heal others. Like all realistic heroines, Lia must face ridicule from other people who don't understand her and don't like her for being different. On top of these outside obstacles, Lia also has to learn to trust herself, believe in her gifts, and also discover enough about herself and where she comes from to gain the strength to do what needs to be done. She matures quite a bit throughout the novel, and I loved seeing her character grow. The plot was wholly original and a wonderful addition to the YA fantasy genre. There was a mix of genres present in the story - it has a bit of action, fantasy, adventure, suspense, mystery, and even some romance thrown in, so it's sure to be a hit with fans of all types of fiction. The writing was incredibly well done and shows the great talent the author possesses. It has a fast pace and flows effortlessly throughout the novel, so it has the reader eagerly turning each page to see what will happen next. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and also for those who want to escape into a magical and mysterious land for awhile.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 22, 2013
Even as a reader of mostly adult fiction, Mercer's story gripped me completely with an antagonist that is not human, but a poisonous vine driven by dark forces, recalling those gorgeous fairytales I loved in my youth. The main character, Lia, is a strong and self-respecting young woman with a powerful wisdom she learns to tap into. Though there is of course a hint of romance, the story's focus is on Lia learning to use the magic within herself to save her people and her land. A marvelous read for all ages.
Posted April 16, 2013
If you love beautifully written, epic quests with powerful female characters (and who doesn't?), you'll love Arrow of the Mist. It's the kind of YA book I'm proud to say I'll never outgrow. When I finished, I was a little shell-shocked to find myself back in the real world. I want to lose myself again in Mercer's forbidden lands, magic plants and ancient folklore. Here's hoping we don't have to wait too long for a sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.