Recently, I featured my top MG picks from my winter reading list. Taking first place honors was Arrow of the Mist, by Christina Mercer. (Read my review.) I loved it so much I rushed to buy this sequel as soon as it became available in March and took it to Alabama with me over Spring Break. I read it on the way down in one sitting. Loved it!
Immediately after conquering the plague at the borders of Brume (book one), Lia and her cousin Wynn are taken to Anu to face charges for the illegal use of magic and herblore. There, some surprises await them, including further clarification of the royal line, a meeting with a young royal woman not of the same mold as the wicked king, and a surprise alliance with a group also seeking to replace the king. But Lia’s greatest challenge comes when she faces the wraith Draugyrd, who has bound her soul with a powerful blood potion and is slowly overtaking her powers.
It’s not often a sequel proves as good as book one, but all the things I loved about book one are present in book two: powerful characters, a gorgeous (fantastic) Celtic setting, the mystery of magic and herblore that makes Lia so intriguing, and high stakes. The romance between Lia and Kelven hinted at in book one also matures into a beautiful sweet relationship. But best of all is the absolutely beautiful language style that makes Mercer’s work so much fun to read. It’s poetry. To read prose of such skill is pure pleasure. Arrow in the Mist was easily one of the best books I read last year. Arms of Anu takes top honors so far this year.
There was no strong promise of another book in the series to come, but I’m hoping. Meanwhile, I’m going to move on to check out some of the author’s other works.
One more thing…here’s an update on how I’m doing on my 1,000 mile bike challenge. Since I can’t run this summer due to tendonitis (which is healing…slowly), I set out to ride my bike 1,000 miles from April 27 to October 1. So after four weeks, where am I? Forty miles ahead of schedule! Yay me!!