“A beautifully written story that emphasizes intelligence and diplomacy. Recommend to fans of Patricia Wrede and Tamora Pierce, as well as lovers of traditional fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review
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 powerful position has never been so dangerous: the magical mists that hide Nimmira from its vicious, land-hungry neighbors have failed. Now Keri’s people are visible to strangers for the first time in generations. Meanwhile, half brothers with their own eyes on the crown make life within the House just as perilous as the world outside.
Keri has sources of guidance: her mysterious Timekeeper, a wise and intimidating man; her clever Bookkeeper and best friend since childhood, Tassel; and her steadfast Doorkeeper, Tassel’s stoic but noble cousin. Thrust into the spotlight after a lifetime of avoiding it, Keri must find the will to lead—or lose everything.
“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.” —Publishers Weekly