Middle Grade Fantasy; YA Fantasy
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.
Available at all major sites.
Look for sequel late 2013/early 2014.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, my compliments to the cover artist. How awesome that it wasn’t another typical dragon or princess cover. Love that. Also, that colour scheme is really eye-catching.
Secondly, I really enjoyed this book. The main female character, Lia, is certainly one to contend with. Her quick wit and overall presence made this book an easy read to love. I get tired of the fantasy novels where all of the women seem to need rescuing every other minute. It was nice to see a head with some brains in it.
I love that so much of this book focuses on riddles, herbs and animals. This is the main reason why I love fantasy in general, and this author handled it very well. Good enough, in fact that it makes me wonder why I had not heard of said her until recently. I never felt like I was reading a rehash of someone else’s work during this. Points for originality.
I appreciated the way this book progressed. It was fast enough to make me keep turning pages, but not so quickly paced that I felt I didn’t have the chance to get to know each character. Everyone has a reason for their actions and I wasn’t lost at any point.
The descriptions the author used were more than just adequate. The surroundings come alive through her use of good word choices and her ability to describe the sounds, tastes, scents and sights of things in vivid detail.
I would definitely recommend this book to other lovers of the fantasy genre. If you don’t read it, you will be missing out.
This review is based on a digital ARC from Netgalley and the publisher.