By Shannon Messenger
Book #2 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series
Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together.
But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger.
As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever.
I absolutely adore this series. Sophie as a main character is divine. She is someone that I feel many readers can find something within her to relate to as well as wanting her to get the win and prove all those non believers wrong.
I picked ‘Exile’ up right after I finished ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’. I’m glad I did out of sheer enjoyment, not so much necessity. The plot is easy enough to follow (which you would hope, being a middle grade series) and included a small recap of sorts at the beginning. This makes it almost to easy to pick up these books after not reading the one before for a while.
Within in this story we explore more of the elves and their world and get more of a look at the magical creatures within it. Specifically we meet an Alicorn. I enjoyed how this new addition played into Sophie’s already complicated story.
The plot also deals with grief, a foreign concept to the elves as people don’t pass. I think this a great concept to explore especially for a middle grade book, assisting younger readers to learn about something they may or may not of experienced yet in their life.
Overall the story was a fantastic read. I absolutely flew through it. This is definitely a series I will pick up again.
Ease of reading: 8.5/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8.5/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10