Life hasn't suddenly become easy because Raneh's now the Keeper. Her life has been interrupted, and she struggles to pick up the pieces.
The world has been interrupted, too. Magic no longer functions, and the food, travel, and health it provided have also vanished. There's nothing to help except the new system Raneh created, and nobody knows how to use it.
Teaching it will be the work of a lifetime. Work that Raneh's willing to do.
But the Ruler has a very different idea of what a Keeper should be doing.
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[I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book] "Father was the one who had explained that bravery wasn’t not being afraid, it was being afraid and still facing your fears." (*Although this review focuses on Fires of the Rulership, this reviewer highly suggests reading both the short story The Weeds Within the Rulership and the novella The Keeper and the Rulership*) Raneh has returned from Central, the heart of The Rulership. Almost "two tens" now, she has won the standoff with the Ruler. However,her sister Yaika is still there as she is one of the Ruler's heirs and required to help rule the country, standing in for the Ruler when needed. Raneh, having rejected the edict of the Ruler, has returned home to find so much has affected her family. Her bratty brother has grown into a quiet mathmatician, studious under her Grandfather. And the ccold season seems especially dreary as food is scarce. All Raneh really wants is to be a Landowner, married with children. But her obligation to the Ruler is something she cannot shake. She is forced to teach the people a new system, one she has developed and The Ruler needs to keep order. The thing is, she seems the last one to understands its scope.. All the time I was reading this story, I kept thinking of the "Young Adults" Ms. Sorensen is writing for, how they are still growing and developing conciousness as they mature. Their physical growth may not equate with their psyche, and no one else can really "teach" them until they get there. Will Raneh be brave enough to get what she wants or will it be just one more dying dream? Be careful what you wish for young lady, the consequences might not be expected.