The Keeper of the Mist
A lush new fantasy about finding the will to lead against all odds, perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.
Keri has been struggling to run her family bakery since her mother passed away. Now the father she barely knew—the Lord of Nimmira—has died, and ancient magic has decreed that she will take his place as the new Lady. The position has never been so dangerous: the mists that hide Nimmira from its vicious, land-hungry neighbors have failed, and Keri's people are visible to strangers for the first time since the mists were put in place generations ago.
At the same time, three half-brothers will their own eyes on the crown make life within the House just as dangerous as the world outside. But Keri has three people to guide her: her mysterious Timekeeper, clever Bookkeeper, and steadfast Doorkeeper. Together they must find a way to repair the boundary before her neighbors realize just how vulnerable Nimmira is.
With a spunky main character, lyrical storytelling, and hidden romance, The Keeper of the Mist is an engrossing story that is full of adventure.
Neumeier (The Floating Islands) begins her delightful YA fantasy with Keri, who grew up as a working-class baker. However, as the illegitimate daughter of the Lord of the country of Nimmira, there was always a chance that Keri might be the heir. When a surprised Keri becomes Lady of Nimmira, she finds that the magic that protects Nimmira from the outside world a mist that both not only keeps outsiders from entering the land, but also from remembering its existence has faded almost entirely away. Keri is soon contending with an embassy from the South, a troop of soldiers and a prince from fierce Tor Carron, and a mage from the northern land of Eschalion, the country of the ancient Wyvern King who has spent centuries trying to conquer the world. After a slow start, Neumeier delivers intriguing political problems, complicated and charming personal relationships, and magic running the gamut from the domestic hominess of Nimmira to the terrifyingly gorgeous enchantments of Eschalion. The book's rewards make up for its initial hesitations. Ages 12 up.