Keeper of the Lost Cities


Photography by Ella Monello

Mia DeGrandpre, Staff Writer

Keeper of the Lost Cities is a series of fantasy novels that targets kids from 4th to 8th Grade. I personally read this wonderful series in the 5th grade, and I have been in love with it ever since.

There are 7 books in this series as of now, but the 8th and 9th will be out by winter of 2020. The order of the series is the first book, which is called Keeper of the Lost Cities, then Exile, Everblaze, Neverseen, Lodestar, Nightfall, Flashback, and the 8th book, which is coming out November 5th 2019, Legacy. The title of the 9th book is unknown, but we do know that there will be a 9th book. 

The lovely author of this series, Shannon Messenger,  lives in Southern California, and she got the idea for Keeper of the Lost Cities in 2008, and the first book was published on October 2nd, 2012. As the series got more popular, more and more books came out. 

The main character of this series is Sophie Foster, and this series is about her action-packed journey. Sophie has a secret, a secret that couldn’t be told to anyone. She was a telepath. Ever since she was 5 years old, she could read people’s minds. Despite the fact, her whole life she had been trying to fit in, even if she was a 12 year old high-school senior. But when she meets a boy with shockingly teal eyes and he claims that he had been looking for her for 12 years, and that she is an elf, one of the most powerful ones at that, she doesn’t know what to believe. She has to make a decision. She packs up her life and goes with this “stranger” to the Lost Cities. Many people aren’t pleased with Sophie in the Lost Cities, and with new tasks and skills to learn, she has to adjust from everything she ever knew from when she was with humans, and try to have a fresh start as an elf.  But when more and more secrets reveal themselves, she has to find the secrets hidden in her mind before her enemies do. With her friends helping her along the way, they have to try to restore the peace that was once in the Lost Cities. But can she do it? Or is the struggle just too much for Sophie?

Photography by Ella Monello

Even if you don’t like these series, I’d highly recommend giving it a try.  Reading Keeper of the Lost Cities changed my life, and if you read it,you may like what you see . I hope you try to read Keeper of the Lost Cities! It is worth the wait!