Blog Tour: Arrow of the Mist

Jul •  8 •  2013

I received this book for free from Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: Arrow of the MistArrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Published by Self-Published on March 21, 2013
Genres: Middle Grade-Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Blog Tour, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion
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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.

I have to honest when I say that the synopsis is more interesting than the book. THIS scenario somewhat reminds me of when you see a trailer and then you go see the movie but the trailer had all the good parts. However, I do have to point out the interesting parts in the story.

Plot: I think it was good but I felt what lacked was breathing room between the scenes. I felt that the author had all these amazing scenes she wanted to put in but felt rushed so every page felt like something new and terrible was happening and I felt this was the book that there needed to be fillers to help make the plot flow between the chapters and allow the characters to develop to their full potential.

Characters: I felt that the main character is someone who could have emerged in the end as a strong head strong young woman but with all the events that seemed to be going on, this haltered her growth in the story and that full potential was not fully met. As well as her, I felt that though the supporting characters and extra characters were full of great and deep imagination they were not given the time to develop as well. Maybe there were too many, or maybe there was just not enough breathing room like I suggested earlier but I guess that will lie in the opinion of the reader.

Action: I did feel that this book did not lack it and I knew I was on my toes wondering what could possibly happen next and what new thing could happen to make the journey was going on any more interesting and thrilling.

Overall the book was okay but was just lacking the character development and possibly too many scenes. This book wasn’t my cup of tea but that doesn’t mean it isn’t yours and I do recommend readers to check this book because maybe you saw something in the book that I didn’t and maybe I just need to sit down once more.

I give this book 3 bites!


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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 or working as the Reviews Director at www.indie-visible.comAuthor Links:


  1. Jenny
    Jul 8, 2013

    Completely understand the movie trailer analogy Chase, I’ve read many a book where the premise overpromised and the the story underdelivered! Too bad on this one though, I love that cover and I had high hopes that it would be a grand, sweeping fantasy tale. Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Jul 8, 2013

    Hmmm…sounds like it had some pacing issues. I find that a lot in fantasy novels. I want to tell the author – it’s ok to have some down time!

  3. This sounds like a good book, but probably not one I would pick up. Ugh! I hate when a movie trailer looks awesome and then those are like the only good parts of the movie. Sorry you didn’t like this one more.

  4. Oh I hate it when the trailer/blurb is better than the main story. Seems like someone should rewrite it to what is presented. 🙂 Sorry you didn’t love it. Hope the next is better.