Thursday, March 17, 2016

March Madness: The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Today I'm stoked to be sharing a fun character profile post from Rachel Neumeier. Her book, The Keeper of the Mist, had its "birthday" on the 8th! I'm always on the lookout for new favorite fantasies, and I love magical books. I can't wait to read this, and I hope the guest post below will give you a better idea of the book and its characters. But first, here's the lowdown of what Keeper is all about! :)

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Title: The Keeper of the Mist
Author: Rachel Neumeier
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Get It: Amazon

From Goodreads...
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 with 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.

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The Lord of Nimmira is dead.  For his successor, this is the hour and the day and the appointed time.

            When the Lord of Nimmira dies, his special awareness of the land passes to his heir – always a child of his blood, but not necessarily the one everyone expects.
            When the Lord of Nimmira dies, his heir must renew and maintain the boundary mist of confusion and misdirection that protects the tiny land from its more powerful neighbors.
            When the Lord of Nimmira dies, his heir must choose a Doorkeeper, who opens and closes all the doors and roads of Nimmira; and a Bookkeeper, who knows every birth and death; and most importantly of all, a Timekeeper.

            With three older brothers, Keri never expected that the succession would come to her.  She fantasized that it might happen, naturally.  She was always sure she could do better than her dissolute father, she always dreamed of showing everyone who scorned her common-born mother.  But she never expected to have to live up to those dreams.  Now, when she’s faced with those dreams becoming reality, she’s determined that she will live up to them.
            Unaccustomed to authority, unsure of just what authority she actual wields, forced out of her familiar life, Keri is shy and insecure.  But she will see to it that her land remains safe and prosperous.
            Whatever it takes.

            Tassel, Keri’s best friend, could hardly be more different.  Beautiful and popular, Tassel knows everyone and everyone knows her.  Outspoken, cheerful, and perhaps just a tiny bit less frivolous than she seems, Tassel is just the friend Keri needs at her side as Keri learns how to be the Lady of Nimmira.

            Along with Tassel, however, comes Tassel’s cousin Cort.  Cort could hardly be less like his sunny cousin.  Uncompromising, brusque, humorless . . . those are the terms that spring to mind when people mention Cort.  The sort who believes it’s important to do everything right.  And to do it right the first time.  Not an easy person to have looking sternly over your shoulder while you try to learn a new role . . . but perhaps just the person Keri needs most.

            And Keri definitely needs her friends, because along with learning how to be the Lady of Nimmira, she also has to deal with her three older half-brothers, all passed over when the succession came to her.

            Most people expected that Brann, the oldest, would eventually take his father’s place.  Polished, ambitious, raised to rule, Brann is the very picture of a proper Lord.  Will it be possible for him to accept his little-regarded younger sister as Lady?  Neither Keri nor anyone else can be quite sure.

            Domeric, the second oldest, is not a bit like Brann.  Built like an ox, with a face that looks like it might have been hacked out of an oak slab with a hatchet, Domeric has a twisted smile that looks like a threat even when he’s in a good mood.  Exactly the man Keri might want at her back in a tight spot.  But will he be there for Keri when she needs him?

            The youngest of Keri’s brothers, Lucas inherited all his mother’s devastating charm and beauty.  Amusing company, but completely unreliable . . . that’s Lucas.  Although it’s possible he also inherited his actress mother’s cleverness and ability to play a role.  Who can say what hidden depths Lucas might possess?

            And possibly more important than her friends and more dangerous than her brothers, Keri must deal with the mysterious Timekeeper, whose ornate watch ticks off not merely seconds and minutes and hours, but also each day and the slow years.

            The Timekeeper is old.  Just how old, no one seems to know.  His eyes, as pale as though the passing years has worn the color out of them, never reveal anything.  Reserved, inexpressive, daunting . . . Keri isn’t the only one who finds the Timekeeper intimidating.  Even Brann is polite to the Timekeeper.  Even Domeric respects him.  Lucas, in the midst of one of his practical jokes, can be stopped in his tracks by one look from those colorless eyes. 

            Keri only wishes she were sure that he is on her side . . .

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Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Rachel! :D Next up tomorrow is the sequel to a contemporary series revolving around a motorcycle club.

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