by Shannon Messenger
Book #5 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series
Dark schemes unfold–and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit–in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.
Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities–but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.
The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.
A mysterious symbol could be the key–if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.
Lodestar takes the Keeper of Lost Cities to a whole new level of twists and turns. Throughout the series we have had our fair share of plot twists, but it feels like Lodestar really takes the cake (at least so far).
Everything from earlier in the series is beginning to intensify from the darkness of some of our more villainous characters, to the mysteries of our unidentified members, to the love square that has been developing since book one! Its all getting so much more intense, and I am loving it.
The progression of the characters from when we first meet them to now is a slow and even growth, so far in the series the characters are acting as would be expected as well as the love square progressing in appropriate way for the characters age., as well as that of the target audience of the story.
Lodestar’s story line really takes a turn after the events in Neverseen. We start to explore trust between characters and the lines between good and evil really begin to blur as all our main characters attempt to fit reality with what they have previously believed.
The Keeper of Lost Cities series is such a whimsical and magical series with all different species of magical creature having a hand in the story, the magic really never stops.
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10