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The Keeper of the Mist

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,003 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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 s ...more
Library Binding, 400 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature.

Kerianna, the illegitimate daughter of the dissolute, ailing Lord of the country of Nimmira and a former serving girl, is a baker in the town of Glassforge who prides herself on the quality of her wedding cakes and other baked goods. It’s a struggling business, and Keri has to run it by herself since the death of her mother, but it’s modestly successful and Keri has hopes for the future.

Rule over Nimmira passes from parent to child, along with th
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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; Tass
Helen 2.0
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Someone with a lot more patience than I've got
There's nothing keeping my interest so I'm going to have to DNF this one at 20%. However I do realize I'm skipping 80% of the book so I'm giving Rachel Neumeier an extra star for the benefit of the doubt.

I despised the writing. Keri, the main character, spends much of the book thinking to herself, which doesn't bode well on the writing quality because it's in third person. The author should have written in first person if she wanted to share Keri's thoughts with us every other paragraph. As it i
Bored out of my mind.

The Keeper of the Mist had so much potential. The synopsis and the cover completely sucked me in and I was excited to dive into this book. Well, I was .. until Andrea who was my die hard buddy reader friend, said it was terrible and that she hated it. She hated allllllmost all of the characters in it. Whereas, I hated a ton of them.. but I was just so freaking bored with this book.


Heck, even people in this book seemed bored out of their minds.. or maybe it w
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A young woman comes into a surprising succession and has to guide her country through its greatest crisis.

The land of Nimmira is a small nation sandwiched between the huge expansionary country of the sorcerer Wyvern King to the north and the martial Bear Lord of Tor Cannon to the south. Nimmira has been long protected by the mists that surround it generated by the magic of the land itself and an ancient blood ritual. But at the same time as the old Lord of Nimmira dies and his magic passes to hi
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Nimmira is a small land which has survived by remaining hidden from its neighbours by means of a magical boundary mist. When the Lord of Nimmira dies, the succession passes not as expected to one of his three sons, but to his unacknowledged daughter Keri. Why the land has chosen to pass its magic to Keri, no one can say, but the mist is failing, and with Nimmira now visible, she must find a way to repair the magical boundary before her land becomes fully visible to outside eyes.

The world buildin
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This is a very sweet, good-natured fairy tale about a woman who is thrust into leading her small, hidden country in the middle of a crisis created by her predecessor. To call it sweet does not mean that there's no peril or plot, but rather that it is fundamentally good natured. There are not many surprises in this one, even though I have been so conditioned to expect them that I kept seeing dark elements in characters at every turn (and for the most part, being disappointed). I think this is per ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This story held my attention for the first 40% but then I started to fade but continued to fridge through it but finally at around 70% I had to skim the rest of the way.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book just did not work for me, and I so wanted it to. After reading the synopsis I was so excited to read this. It boasted magic, conflict, and a young girl's personal struggle, but reading this left me unconvinced. It typically takes me a few days at most to read one book, as long as it is the only book I'm reading at the time, but it took me a month to finish this one.

The main character, Keri, was rather annoy
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
A well written high fantasy with good world building. Some parts were a bit too drawn out but overall a good story. I didn't connect with the characters though and it didn't make me feel anything. ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rounding up. This is sweet. I like the idea of hiding a country away, like Mum's favourite Brigadoon. ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash, 2018-read

I read this book for a challenge where I needed a book with bad reviews and this one fit the bill. I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt, but all of those bad reviews were so damn right.

It started off okay, it wasn't horrible, but then it became horrible. After the first 75 pages or so I started super skimming, basically hunting for dialogue and only dialogue. There were so many pages and pages of just unbroken description! It was disgusting and gave me a tension headache. On top of tha
Brandy Painter
Rachel Neumeier is one of my favorite authors. I usually unequivocally love her books, but this is one I wasn't able to get into wholeheartedly. It contains the beautiful prose and complex relationships I've come to expect from Rachel. The last third of the book is gripping and difficult to put down. My main problem with the book is more about my expectations as reader which didn't match with what Rachel was doing. There is a point near the beginning when the protagonist Keri is meeting with her ...more
Marg Corjay
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is very refreshing to find a YA story that is not full of angst, abuse, profanity, and violence. This has lots of action, strong characters, interesting plot, and a touch of fantasy.
MB (What she read)
4/13/16. 3.75 stars. Enjoyable, creative, unpredictable, and with nice integrative cover art and book design.

I kind of liked Keri's 'fake it 'til you make it' way of handling her difficult situations. That rang true with some of my own life experience.

Some very very slight romantic elements in here. Blink, and you'll miss them.

The plot itself is a bit like The Goblin Emperor (which itself has ties to The Foundling). This is a trope I always enjoy and it's fun to see how different authors put the
I wanted to love this but man- it was slow going.
Kirstie Ellen
Nov 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
This was honestly just awful. I persevered through the whole thing to see if it got better and to understand where the heck it was going. I have regrets. The writing hurt my soul, the characters were not just 2D, but 1D, and the plot was MIA. This was profoundly boring.

The Keeper of the Mist
This is a fantasy novel set in a kingdom that is separated from the rest of the world by a magical mist. The story beings with the king dying and a succession process starts. Th
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was excited about this book, but I found it extremely disappointing. The premise is that Keri, a young baker, suddenly finds herself magically appointed as the ruler of a tiny kingdom which hides itself, Brigadoon-style, behind mists. She finds the kingdom in danger, and with the help of some young friends, she has to save the day.

This is a YA novel, but even so, the story and the writing seemed a bit too young for my taste. The trope of the unknown teenager who is chosen to inherit power is o
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this. LOVE LOVE LOVE. This is a callback to the fantasy books of my youth -when worldbuilding and character development were paramount and everything does not revolve around a silly love triangle. This is the story of a strong girl trying to do her best, which is the story that I want to read.

Keri is a baker in the idyllic, hidden kingdom of Nimmera. Nimmera is protected by a magical border that hides it from its bellicose neighbors. Keri is the unacknowledged bastard of the Lord (Nimmer
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The Keeper of the Mist is the story of Keri, who has been tumbling through her life trying and struggling to run the family baker. When she is appointed the Lady of a new land by some magical decree, Keri has enough to handle. Yet there are people who are conspiring against her and she also needs to find a way to restore the mist that has failed because of her father’s mistakes. With the land now visible to everyone, Keri has very little time to catch up on everything so as to be able to fulfill ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I feel like this owes a lot to Howl's Moving Castle: a young, unaware woman actually possessed of scads of talent leaves her small shop and fairly comfortable life to start the story. And yet where Diana Wynne Jones writes with verve and blithe delight, giddily spinning subtlety underneath her romp, Keeper of the Mist is ponderous and important, and so foreshadowing becomes clumsy and events become predictable.

There are also some conventional fantasy elements mixed in, and they feel at odds wit
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-for-me-2016
This might be my new favorite Neumeier book. I love the characters, especially Keri and Cort and Lucas. I love the feel of the prose, with a richness and depth reminiscent of the best of McKinley's writing but without the heaviness which can make it difficult to get through one of her books. I love the magic that is understood without being fully explained, the bad guys who remain mysterious and aloof without becoming caricatures or generic Bad Guys.

I did wonder, at first, if she was going to su
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Buzzwords: High fantasy, girls in charge, disaster strikes and young people need to save the day!, Questing, baking as a coping mechanism/stress reliever, cool magic systems, friendship, hints of romance.

I keep my eye out for new Rachel Neumeier books, since I know I will almost certainly enjoy them, and this one was no exception. Beautifully written, with a fascinating magic system and political tensions in the charge of awesome young people (mostly women - the majority of people with sense in
Take Me Away To A Great Read
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Rate: 4.5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Keeper of the Mist for an honest review.

The Keeper of the Mist is a book with amazing world building, magic, and political intrigue. I loved the amazingly original story-line. I was drawn in right away by Keri, she has had to guard her emotions and I found he
Katie Bohl
I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I bought it on a whim because it sounded kind of interesting, and the cover was gorgeous! (What? I’m being honest!)
The story is about a small country called Nimmira that is hidden from the two countries on either side of it by magical mist. (Cool right?) I’ve always been a sucker for a story about magical lands hidden from the rest of the world. (I’m still hoping that one day I will aimlessly wander into one myself! 🤞🏻) It’s main character
Anne Fletcher
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the premise behind Keeper of the Mist, and I'll admit it - the cover art drew me in, as well.

But...I was pretty disappointed with the execution. Even within the first paragraph, stylistic...shall we say, oddities - were jumping out at me. It reads very choppy in parts; the author is a fan of sentences like, "The door banged shut. It banged hard because...". The concepts seemed maybe YA-level, but the style often read more like middle grade at best.

I also felt like there was a LOT of info
katayoun Masoodi
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya, ebook, fantasy
most enjoayble as all neumeier books, great story and great story telling and great characters, would definitely recommend it
Braxton Church
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the Lord of Nimmira dies, Kira becomes the new Lady, but she has never wanted power or recognition, just to run her deceased mother's bakery. But when the mist protecting Nimmira starts to fail, Kira must step up and save her kingdom. All while the neighboring countries enter Nimmira, countries that would happily claim this small, fertile country for their own.
The characters in this novel were so different and so much fun. They had their own strengths, and it was through their indivi
Courtney Schafer
Ever since I read and loved House of Shadows, Rachel Neumeier has been on my “insta-buy” list. I snapped Keeper of the Mist up the moment it released, and devoured it nearly as quickly! Neumeier writes both adult and YA novels; this is one of her YA offerings, a standalone (or at least, it can be read as one; I don’t know if Neumeier intends any sequels). Keri, the illegitimate daughter of the Lord of Nimmira, is shocked when the country’s ancient magic decrees that she will take his place as th ...more
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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.

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