DNF Review: Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer

May 11, 2015 Review 24 DNF

DNF Review: Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
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Publisher: Self Published
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 257
Release Date: March 21st, 2013
Series: Arrow of the Mist #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
DNF Stars
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.


24 Responses to “DNF Review: Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer”

  1. Faye M.

    The romance sounds terrible. I am not fond of couples where we are regularly bombarded by their beauty… I mean, you love someone and all you can think about is how he or she bloody looks?! Isn’t that kind of superficial? Plus, boring fantasy is definitely not something I’d want to read. I want to escape to a whole new world, not sleep in it!
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    • Bec

      It was so annoying. It wasn’t even just his looks, she’d go on about all the kind things he’d done, and how perfect he was, and bleh. Too sapy for my liking.

      Normally I’m pretty good with pushing through slow/boring fantasy because I’m so used to reading them and there’s always at least one thing keeping me interested. Not this time unfortunately.

    • Bec

      I saw on goodreads a lot of people liked it! Such a shame I didn’t feel the same :( It definitely had the childhood fantasy vibe.

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    It does sound boring, and if the plot starts straight away, yeah, it definitely shouldn’t be boring. Yay for the writing improving, but you’re not going to care if you’re that bored, haha. Ugh no, the romance. Go away. I mean, it’s nice to see them mentioning how kind the guy is and not just how he looks, but to mention how good he looks all the time? Nope. Ruined it, book. Ruined it.
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    • Bec

      I may have pushed through longer if this chick just stopped thinking about the guy, or if I had a better idea of where the plot was going. But alas, I just couldn’t push on.

  3. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I love fantasy more than any other genre, but it’s also what I’m most selective about. So looking at plants and Fae for chapters would not impress me in the least. I’m sorry you had to DNF this, but I see why you did. There are so many fabulous books out there, why should you read something that’s boring?
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    • Bec

      Same! Except I’m not so selective. Though I have noticed recently I’ll compare fantasy books to my favourites. Some poor books just can’t meet such high standards.

      That was my reasoning for stopping! Especially since I don’t have much time nowadays.

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Sometimes, the simple fact that a book doesn’t stack up to ones you’ve previously read in the genre is enough to turn you off entirely. I’m sure it didn’t help that you ended up forced into reading it quite sporadically either but when it’s a REALLY great book, stuff like that doesn’t matter. The romance does sound aggravating to me too, despite having read a few positive reviews for this one. After reading your review, I’m in no big rush to check this one out. Hopefully your next read improves a lot :)
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    • Bec

      Damn other amazing series for setting incredibly high standards *cough*ToG*cough* :P

      If I could read continuously and not have time to over analyse it, I probably would have gotten further faster to where the plot was better. Unless the romance got worse. Then I couldn’t do it.

      A lot of people really liked this! I think I might be a little bit of an anomaly.

  5. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    You are a stronger woman than I if you’ve only DNFed THREE BOOKS! I might DNF 2 or 3 a month, just depending on how involved I am in the book and if I can get through the writing without tearing out my hair, etc. It always amazes me when an author can take fantasy and bore me to tears. Like hello if you are trying to sell a whole new world at me, make it more entertaining than this one!
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    • Bec

      It’s not strength so much as a TERRIBLE FEELING OF GUILT. I hate not finishing books. I need to start being stricter with it though, because I don’t have time for meh books now.

      Fantasy is my favourite genre and I will normally push through any and all as long as it’s slightly interesting in one way. I was so sad when this couldn’t hold my attention :(

    • Bec

      It was such a shame. Maybe the romance improved a little as the book went on, but I guess I won’t be finding out :/

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It is pretty! Such a shame the inside wasn’t :( I always feel bad if I don’t give a book at least 25% to convince me to keep reading. I’ve read so many books that were meh at first but ended up being really good I don’t want to potentially miss another.

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    I appreciate these type of reviews because it’s helpful to see what people did and did not like about a book. I don’t think I’d like this one because I already don’t read much romance, so I’m sure I’d be a bit confused by the world- and the romance has me turned off too.
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    • Bec

      I’m glad :) I always try to give a list of positives along with the stuff I didn’t really like. If it wasn’t for the romance I may have kept going.

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