Arms of Anu, by Christina Mercer

arms of anu

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.

Arrow of the Mistis just 99 cents!
Arms of Anu is 2.99.

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!!

24 percent graph
That would be 240 miles for those of you already on summer vacation. 🙂

 

12 thoughts on “Arms of Anu, by Christina Mercer

      1. Received your book in the mail today. Have two ahead of it. Would it be a good idea to read Song again, or atleast glance through it. It’s been a while.

      2. Oh, I hope you enjoy it! Yes, it would probably be a good idea to refresh your memory a little, though you probably don’t need to reread. I wrote Fire realizing most people would have read Song, but also with some memory joggers knowing some time probably passed between them.

  1. Congratulations on being ahead on your bike challenge. I try my best to take a daily walk, but between working and writing, plus trying to squeeze in a little reading–oh, and housekeeping too–I don’t do it as often as I should.
    I just purchased Arrow of the Mists. I’m a great fan of middle grade and young adult books, especially the ones that veer off into some sort of weirdness. 🙂 And like everyone else, will add it to my mile-long reading list.

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