Keeper of the Lost Cities & Exile, by Shannon Messenger

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

Genre

Fantasy – Middle Grade


My thoughts

Last December, I bought the first book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, because Shannon Messenger was coming to France. I was lucky enough to meet her, get my book signed and talk with some fans of the series. They definitely got me excited for this epic story. So, this July I finally picked up that book. The least I can say is that I adored it. So much so in fact, that I have to keep going. Which is why I ended up reading Exile (book 2) as well, and why you’re getting to reviews for one.

I loved the story and universe created by the author right away. In this world, humans have long forgotten that they used to live among other species such as elves. This species now live in hiding, in the Lost Cities, and as it turns out, our main character Sophie is one of them. I really enjoyed that idea because it leaves the door open to many opportunities for the rest of the series.

“Magic is a stupid idea humans came up with to try to explain things they couldn’t understand.”

Moreover, although this universe might not seem that original, the author’s work around it is quite unique and fresh. In that sense, the first book is very enjoyable. Especially because we get to discover this other world alongside Sophie. The plot is also very interesting and well built. Just cause it’s a middle-grade novel, don’t expect it to be boring. I quickly understood that this series had the potential to be epic. And the second book only confirmed that for me.

In Keeper, and most of all in Exile, the stakes are very high, and the author isn’t afraid to play with our emotions. With both books, I couldn’t put them down. Or rather, I couldn’t pause the audiobook 😉 . So of course, now I’m dying to keep reading this amazing series.

Then, I can’t talk about these books without mentioning the characters. First, you should know there’s a pretty big cast of characters in this series and it took me a while to remember all of them. I won’t go into many details, because I really do think you should get to know them while reading the book. But to sum up: I adore Sophie. She’s a strong and fierce young lady, despite her young age. She’s very endearing and truly made me laugh.

Speaking of laughter, I must tell you I am a big fan of Keefe. He’s quite discreet in the first book but he’s for sure the star of the second one. And you know me, I love a sassy guy! Finally, there’s Fitz. It’s with him that Sophie discover her true identity and this new world. I really like this character, and I can’t wait to see more from him.

Long story short, I’m 100% hooked on this series and you’ll hear more about it really soon. In the meantime, I highly recommend you check out Keeper of the Lost Cities, if you haven’t already.

My rating

5/5

Happy Reading,

Gaëlle

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