Okay – check it out, I realised again today why I LOVE blogging so much. I get to share with everyone else when I really enjoyed a book. And even though I don’t know who reads it, I know its out there and that someone might pick up said good book just cos I said they should.
Today I am hosting a tour stop for Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer. I haven’t read a fairy tale like story in a while so was really looking forward to it. I was not disappointed.
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.
Author: Christina Mercer
Publication date: 21 March 2013
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Recommend it: YES!
Lia isn’t like every other girl in the village. She doesn’t like playing dress up and crooning over all the big strong boys. She doesn’t care much for the rules set by out of touch kings and their royal court. Focused only her herbs and plants and her close nit family, it comes as quite a blow when her father gets struck with the mysterious illness that has been plaguing the villagers. Suddenly she gets thrust into a quest unlike any other and is faced with decisions that no 15 year old should ever worry about.
Great, great story. So fun to follow and hard to put down. So well described and so colourful that I wished myself into this kingdom of Nemetona. I envied Lia’s ability to walk amongst the fairies and magical trees.
Lia was suck a lovely character. Strong, brave and so selfless. She puts her family well being above her safety at all times. It was also really exciting to watch her grow in her powers as well as discover things about herself and her grandmother she never knew.
My heart broke for her and her family, for all the hardships, hard decisions and heartbreak they had to go through. She was very lucky to have Wynn with her on this journey. He was amazingly supportive and a really fun character to read. Especially his antics with the fairies in the meadow.
An excellent tale, of a brave girl and her journey and fight to save her family, friends and neighbours. Loved it.
Now with that behind us, some fun bits. I have a book trailer to share and then afterwards, some buy links.
- Blog Tour~ Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer (Review + Giveaway) (lilybloombooks.wordpress.com)