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Arrow of the Mist by [Mercer, Christina]
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Award-Winning Preteen/Teen Fantasy
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.

Continue the adventure in the sequel ARMS OF ANU now available

About the Author

Christina Mercer earned a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. 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. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs and about 100,000 honeybees. You can find her at www.christinamercer.com or blogging with the girls at www.indie-visible.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BTK0136
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An original, mystical adventure
5 stars

Wow! It's easy to see when books have been created with passion and skill, and even easier to see when the craft of writing has been taken seriously by both author and editor. Arrow of the Mist is an amazing journey through not only a magical and dangerous land, perhaps just off the beaten path near your house, but it's also an exploration of the idea that nature will care for us if we care for it.

Herein, the author does everything right. Characters are vividly drawn, interesting, and reveal their personalities through speech and actions. Dialogue carries the story forward capably without becoming stale or wooden.

The conflict is real, compelling, and amazingly, doesn't require the heroes to hack and slash their way to victory. There's an interesting puzzle needing to be pieced together, and woven throughout the text are lyrical bits of riddling poetry handed down through generations, harkening back to the poems and lays in Tolkien's masterpiece. Here, these serve a dual purpose, both as a way into the deep culture the author has brewed up, and as a means for piecing together the history and mystery set up within. Pacing is good, and we have the extra added bonuses of both amazing cover art, and cool chapter headings.

Overall, this book is everything I would hope to find when cracking open traditional fantasy. Which is why it was such a struggle to decide on four or five stars.

See, the book was touted as a YA Fantasy, but it's difficult to see a young person reading it without serious difficulty. The vocabulary is lush, including words (like lissome) that I was forced to look up. Entire paragraphs are chock full of not only this, but fantasy cultural slang words, strange (made up?
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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.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f9b8cb4) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9c384c) out of 5 stars Sensuous Celtic Quest March 20 2013
By Julia Park Tracey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Christina Mercer's Arrow of the Mist is a sensuously written earthy fantasy about an otherworldly place where evil roots tear through the scrim into simple peasant lives. Lia has the knowledge of Grandmother's Grimoire, however, and she can read the trees and the herbs and the leaves, feel their spirits and intuit their essences. On a quest through the forest to find the cure for the deadly venom of the roots, Lia finds herself -- and love. I loved the herbal lore in this book and the folktale feeling it evokes. Everyone loves a good quest, and Christina Mercer's apparently vast knowledge of the green world as well as the earth, bees and other creatures makes this fantasy novel a pleasure to read. And there will be a sequel -- so look for more of Christina Mercer. Yay!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9c38a0) out of 5 stars Gripping, Unforgettable Epic March 20 2013
By Jordan E. Pedersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9c3cd8) out of 5 stars Pierces the Darkness of Fantasy March 21 2013
By Susan Salluce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A fresh voice in the YA Fantasy genre, Mercer blends a delicious mix of Celtic lore, herbal remedies, threatening foes, and the romantic tension of first love. Arrow of the Mist takes you on a coming-of-age journey with heroine Lia, leaving you breathless in the battle scenes and soothed in the tender moments of young romance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9c40b4) out of 5 stars Lush and darkly beautiful March 20 2013
By Kamali - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is exactly the kind of book I would've wanted to curl up with on my window seat with when I was a teen - and my enjoyment of it now reminded me of how much I love beautifully written, epic quests with powerful female characters. 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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9c4060) out of 5 stars Captivating world, beautiful style Dec 22 2013
By Michelle Isenhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is a textbook example of what I love most about the children's genres: a strong lead, incredible fantasy world, an imaginative plot, absolutely gorgeous prose, and a lingering depth to the story that I can take away with me and mull over later. I can't think of a single negative. I was completely captivated by this one.

Lia has a botanical gift. She knows the ancient names, ancient uses, and ancient lore for every plant. Unfortunately, the king has outlawed such practices as well as entry into the mystical lands of Brume that lie hidden behind the curtain of mist. But when Lia's father and several others contract an unknown sickness, she and her cousin must journey into the unknown land to find the cure. There Lia learns secrets of her family's past, gains abilities she never would have imagined, and encounters dangers beyond her worst nightmare.

I loved that Lia's ability to wield magic stems from ancient herb lore. She's a fantastic lead, strong, brave, and heedless of the disapproval others might have for her. Instead, her focus lies on the job she must do. Her cousin, Wynn, isn't quite as developed, but he's loyal and brave and makes a necessary accompaniment to Lia on her travels. And their path takes some wildly unforeseen turns. Brume is an incredible, well thought out world with mysterious characters at every turn.

And now to share some examples of Ms. Mercer's beautiful writing style:

"Lia turned her head from their scorn and swallowed down the retort growing bitter on her tongue."

"Dunley Meadow sprawled out in front of them, a blanket of golden stalks bending to the whispering breeze."

"When he stopped and answered her, his words were slow and deliberate, like a steady drizzle of rain seeping deep into the soil."

"The day dragged against the sky, and the dimly lit sun melted into the horizon."

Breathtaking, isn't it? The ending implies another episode to follow. I'll be standing in line.