Review: ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger

‘Keeper of Lost Cities’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #1 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2012
Pages: 488
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 7
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

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.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ was such a delight to read. Sophie is a gorgeous main character and the world that is opened up to her and us as readers is beautifully magical and whimsical.

We learn a lot during this novel as as readers. I particularly enjoyed the fast pace at the beginning. It wasn’t long until Sophie was off on her magical adventure, developing the characters during the adventure instead of before we get into everything was something that I definitely enjoyed and found really increased my positive experience of the book.

We meet a plethora of characters in this speedy read, most from the elf world some from the human as well as learning about the laws that will govern the rest of the books. I really enjoyed that there is a council that makes the decisions for the elven people and not just one person. I find its easy for characters -and readers alike- to dislike a single figure head, but when there is a group, I find that I can always find someone that I like.

The plot overall was enjoyable to read and really sets the book up well for a big series. We take small steps into learning the truth and the reality that is Sophie’s world instead of huge leaps, I would say that some might find if tedious but I loved it.

‘The Keeper of Lost Cities’ is a great beginning to a series and one that I really enjoyed reading. At this moment in time I have finished the first and second novels and cannot wait to continue on with the series.

Plot: 9.5/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5


Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

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