Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 21st, 2013
Series: Arrow of the Mist #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
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.
ARROW OF THE MIST is only the third book I’ve ever decided to DNF and it makes me a little sad because I really wanted to love it. I tried to push on through this book, I really did, but by 41% I’d just had enough.
The book wasn’t even terrible all round, I just encoutered many little issues that kept adding up. And having to read it in bits in pieces because of study only accentuated the things that were annoying me. This book made me turn back to A STORM OF SWORDS (part 1) which I’d been putting off finishing for a year now.
The biggest problem I had was it was so boring. It wasn’t supposed to be, the plot starts straight away. And I mean start of the first chapter straight away. Then they go on a quest and it’s lots of travel and looking at plants and fey. All things I usually like to read about in fantasy normally, but not in ARROW OF THE MIST. I can’t even say it was because I’ve read a book similar to it before, because I haven’t. The only think I can contribute it to is the writing and the characters. They just weren’t grabbing my attention. At all. The writing did start to show improvement as the book went on, but by that point I couldn’t bring myself to care because I’d been too bored for too long.
Reading ARROW OF THE MIST intermittently really did not help things. It honestly made me confused. There didn’t feel like there was much world building at the start, which is something I need when I start a new fantasy series. Having a slow start isn’t always a bad thing when you can introduce the world and the characters. It’s even better if you can adequately do that while introducing the plot and getting it moving. Unfortunately I don’t feel like ARROW OF THE MIST did that well enough so every now and then there’d be a new world feature introduced and I’d get thrown for a while as I tried to figure out how it fit into the story.
One last thing that made me go ‘UGH’ with ARROW IN THE MIST was the romance. It’s not even a major part of the story but the scenes I saw were enough to turn me off it. From the first time the characters meet in the book, they won’t stop making moon eyes at each other and the main character spends a lot of time going on about how good looking and kind the guy is. Granted they knew each other before the book, but it still pissed me off. Then there’s professions of love (More or less… I can’t quite remember) at 30% when they really barely know each other (they’d met three or so times before the story started). It just pissed me off.
ARROW OF THE MIST wasn’t terrible, but compared to some of the fantasy series I’ve been reading recently, it really isn’t great. The romance pissed me off, the plot confused me because it felt like it didn’t flow, and everything else just felt boring. Knowing there were better fantasies awaiting me I decided to stop at 40%. Don’t let my dislike of this book turn you off it though! Plenty of other people have loved it.