Apr 29, 2016

The Keeper of the Mist Blog Tour with Giveaway

HELLO LOVELY VISITORS! Thank you for visiting my stop of the blog tour! I have the pleasure of hosting Rachel Neumeier, the author of The Keeper of the Mist. Read on for details about the book, my review with favorite quote, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win one (1) signed hardcopy (US Only)!

 

 

  SUMMARY  

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.

Available March 8th 2016: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iTunes | Kobo

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction

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  REVIEW  

book review rating 3 out of 5

The Keeper of the Mist, by Rachel Neumeier, is a thoughtfully structured fantasy adventure filled with worrisome twists and turns, as the heroine—Lady Kerianna—finds the courage and wisdom to protect her newly inherited kingdom from neighboring enemies and family rivalries.

The world-building was a mixture of conventional fantasy elements. Where is stands apart is in the magical chemistry between Keri, the Lady of Nimmira; Tassel, her knowledgeable Bookkeeper; Cort, her unwavering Doorkeeper; and the mysterious Timekeeper. The dynamic and synergy between them created a unique magical system in which I enjoyed and wished it was more developed.

When the mist of Nimmira thinned, leaving the kingdom exposed to two enemy forces, I enjoyed Keri’s quick-witted, tactical maneuvers to keep Nimmira safe. She exhibited a bit of Sun Tzu’s doctrine of keeping her friends close and her enemies even closer. With the exception of Keri’s romantic ruse to create an alliance with the enemy, which was actually quite disastrous in a comedic sort of way, there was no fluffy romance. It was refreshing to see bonds created through deep feelings of friendship and familial love, adding nice sentiments throughout the story.

My least favorite part of the book is its repetitiveness. Many times, when Keri fixes someone a steady look, it would also inevitably be followed by it’s “the kind her mother would have used to pin an important male customer in place.” And, almost every mention of the Timekeeper was also an opportunity to remind readers of how old he is, with his “dry, husky voice” or his “expressionless” face. I get it. He’s old. But, he’s also mysterious and wise! Rather that focusing on his sedentary qualities, I find that the Timekeeper was a missed opportunity for a character that could have been more fascinating.

The Keeper of the Mist is a satisfying fantasy adventure, in a fairly interesting world of magic and mythos that are appropriate for teens. It was a pleasant read with some concerning twists that manage to resolve itself with unexpected ease.

My favorite quote comes from the Timekeeper, a wise man who knows too much and reveals too little.

“Experience is something one obtains through the passage of time. Unlike integrity.” ~Timekeeper

 

  AUTHOR BIO  

Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.

She now raises and shows dogs, gardens, cooks, and occasionally finds time to read. She works part-time for a tutoring program, though she tutors far more students in Math and Chemistry than in English Composition.

Find Rachel Neumeier: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

 

  GIVEAWAY  

Celebrate the Release with a Giveaway! Complete the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one (1) signed hardcopy of The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier (US Only)!

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{ Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }