Publication date: March 21st 2013
Genre: 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. (goodreads) (amazon) (b&n)
TOP TEN FAIRYTALES/FABLES
I must’ve read this a thousand times as a child, and I still love it
Wizard of Oz
Monkeys scare the hell out of me, but I love everything else, especially the witches.
Love the fairies bestowing gifts, and of course, the prince.
Oh, all those yummy veggies.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Love the witch, the magic, and of course, the prince.
The Last Unicorn
My validation that unicorns DO exist!
Alice in Wonderland
An imagination’s theme park.
Saved by her glorious hair.
Take me to Neverland where kids rule.
Winnie the Pooh
Honey, cuddly bear, bouncy tiger, what more could you ask for?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Mercer writes fiction in addition to mothering two young adults, a pack of large dogs, andabout 100,000 honeybees. Her varied interests prompted her to study creative writing, earn her official degree in Accounting, become a CPA, acquire a certificate in Herbal Studies, and keep honeybees. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SCBWI CA North/Central Regional Conference and was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest. You can find her at www.christinamercer.com or working as the Reviews Director at www.indie-visible.com
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