5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I like how the author is logically consistent throughout the book and series. She doesn't just pull stuff out of thin air (deus ex machina) to save the day. The heroine struggles and has to make numerous choices without a lot of information to make the choice easy. The story is interesting, fast paced and the characters are believable and likeable.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2022
This book is amazing. It makes you feel like you are actually living in the story and it is written very well. I recommend that you read the whole series but personally I like this one the best. I think all other kids including me would love this book, even adults like my mom. Sophie Foster is the main character and she has many adventures throughout the book, dealing with all of the hard things going on in her life and when Alden goes into Exile, it surely doesn’t help. Read to find out what happens and if Alden returns. I hope you enjoy this book and all the other books in the series.
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2022
Good story for the teenage set, and a bit younger. Clean, though there is the typical “mean” teacher trope, along with hero complexes. Decent.
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2013
Sophie Foster is back, and in EXILE she's in for a world of trouble and excitement. From training a rare alicorn (essentially, a very endearing winged unicorn) to trying not to fail her classes at Foxfire, Sophie's life becomes exceedingly complicated when the mysterious Black Swan group continues to send her obscure messages. As if that's not bad enough, Sophie's become even more of a strange outcast in her society -- especially since she now has a goblin bodyguard to keep her safe -- and her elfish abilities are starting to have some problems. In order to save herself - and the people she cares about - Sophie has to travel into unknown territory, and decide who she can trust to help her succeed...
Once again, Messenger gives elves and other creatures of myth her own twist in this captivating sequel. Dangerous, thrilling, and incredibly surprising, EXILE is an outstanding sequel that will keep readers glued to the pages. I told myself I would only read a few chapters one night, and somehow found myself up at midnight, still reading. The characters I fell in love with in the first novel are given more page-time in this sequel, and Sophie's adventures take a darker, more emotional turn. While I highly enjoyed KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, Messenger surprised me with how incredible EXILE turned out to be. If you are looking for a fun and creative middle-grade series that is filled with surprises and fabulous characters, then you need to check out these books.
HIGHLIGHTS: I love how important family and friendship is in this series. While Sophie relies heavily on herself, she also leans on her friends (especially Dex and Keefe) and family (the fabulous Grady and Edaline) when she needs some extra support. I even enjoyed Sophie's struggles with her abilities in this novel, and how she never let that hold her back. The new details Messenger included about Sophie's fascinating world were fantastic. While reading, I never knew what to expect from this story, so I was very surprised by certain moments.
LOWLIGHTS: I didn't make note of any lowlights while reading, so I think it's safe to say that I highly enjoyed this entire story. I was a bit bothered by Fitz's moody attitude, but I understand why he acted the way he did.
SOURCE: received an advanced readers copy from publicist in exchange for my honest opinion. I will be purchasing this book ASAP, because this is one that I definitely want on my bookshelf.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2014
NO SPOILERS! (for first or second book!)
I absolutely loved the first book of this series (Keeper of the Lost Cities) and the second was EVEN BETTER. No idea how, but it totally was!
Can't say too too much about this book without spoiling it, so I won't say much at all!
All I will say is I feel like the first book has a lot of world building and laying of the foundation for a longer, richer, more mysterious story. The first book is a peek into that story but the second really gets its hands into the story and gets dirty. Exile is PACKED with so much adventure, suspense, intrigue and excitement which made it even more of a delight to read than the first. We didn't have to spend so much time setting up and laying the groundwork so there was all this time to start getting into the meat of the universe. It was delightful!
I loved this one so hard. Loved it more than the first. It was so exciting, so fun. UGH I LOVE THIS SERIES IT'S JUST SO FREAKING GREAT.
If you have not picked up the Keeper of the Lost Cities series yet, what are you doing. It is so freaking good, get on that right this very second. GO READ IT. Everyone must read this series! In addition, the Hardcover book is SO BEAUTIFUL! The book cover is gorgeous, the binding, it's just a really beautiful book to have on your shelf. And it's so thick! It especially looks nice lined up next to your hardcover copy of the first ;) I definitely recommend picking up the hardcovers rather than the paperbacks of this series because they're very gorgeous.
Can't wait to read the 3rd book. Waiting on the price to drop a little on Amazon so I can order it because I just love this series so hard.
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2022
One of the best book series I have read, I have read a lot. Totally recommend! (Reminder that this is the second book and I would recommend getting the first book first)
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2013
As this book opens, Sophie is trying to enjoy her break from school and part of that is hunting magical creatures with Grady, her guardian, and her friend Dex. But both of them are surprised when she makes contact with an alicorn. These rare creatures are very important to elf society, and finding one is huge.
But Sophie can’t completely celebrate the find because The Black Swan is still leaving her messages. What is their plan for her? And with the kidnappers still out there, will she ever feel safe?
After enjoying the first book in the series, I was anxious to read this one. And I wasn't disappointed. Sophie and the rest of the cast of great characters are back, and they continue to be developed here. The plot is good and kept me engrossed, and I never felt like putting the book down. It did take me a little while to get back into the swing of the story and the universe, but once I did, I felt right at home.
I definitely recommend you read the first book before this one. Major events are spoiled from that book and you won't understand a little of what is happening. But don't worry. You'll be here before you know it.
So get ready for another fun, exciting adventure with Sophie and friends. Me? I'm ready to find out what happens next.
Top reviews from other countries
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars! ALSO SPOILER ALERT!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2020
SOPHIE CAN TELEPORT!
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves these books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2021
I've been struggling to find something my Harry Potter obsessed 10yr old daughter could really sink her teeth Into. These books get a huge thumbs up from her.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2018
I was really exited when it came out - the first one made it sound really interesting - and I have to say it was worth every letter inside! I REALLY recommend this to people who like fiction and fantasy, although really, it might even catch the love of sci-fi fans!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2016
Amazing book, great condition, great price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2015
My 11 yr old loves these books
Who is on the cover of the second Keeper of the Lost Cities book?
Which characters are on the covers? KEEPER has Sophie and Dex. EXILE has Sophie, Keefe, and Silveny. EVERBLAZE has Sophie and Fitz.
What happens in book 2 of Keeper of the Lost Cities?
Book details Sophie befriends the mythical Alicorn and puts her mysterious powers to the test in this enchanting second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Sophie is settling in nicely to her new home and her new life in the world of the lost cities.
Who is on the cover of Everblaze?
The cover art shows Fitz Vacker (left) and Sophie Foster (right) falling from Oblivimyre which is burning due to Fintan unleashing Everblaze. In the book, Councillor Oralie is with Fitz and Sophie as they fall from the building, but she is not seen on the cover.
Is there a book 10 in Keeper of the Lost Cities?
Keeper of the Lost Cities is a book series for kids ages 8-12. There are currently 10 books in the series, with the latest book, Stellarlune, available in November 2022.