Book Review: Exile

Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2)
Published by: Aladdin
Release date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade fantasy
 576 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

Read my review of book 1 here.

You know that feeling when you have been really looking forward to reading a sequel, then you get your hands on it, and it's exactly as wonderful as you remember book 1 being? I have that feeling right now.

 Exile is another example of Messenger's skill in creating characters and worlds that captivate and inspire. Our heroine is Sophie, a girl who was raised with humans, then discovered at age 12 that she was an elf. Messenger's elvin world is built on familiar lore, but has a unique spin. Messenger's characters, from the main character down to the supporters who you just see for a scene or two, are well-developed and memorable.

Here in book 2 of the series, Sophie has become comfortable in her elvin world and gets serious about her quest for self-discovery. Because she knows that there are secrets about her past that she hasn't yet learned, she concentrates on figuring those things out- not only for her own peace of mind, but also so she can best make a contribution to her society.

Of course there are stumbling blocks along the way, and there is some controversy over who exactly the bad guys are. . . this is part of the fun of the book. There are also some hurt feelings that might make your eyes mist up a bit, and jokes that ring of true friendship. Oh- and an alicorn! Great fantasy has great creatures, and the alicorn in this book is a really fun character.

There may be some controversy over which boy Sophie may end up with in the end: Fitz, Dex, or Keefe. Personally, I think all three boys are adorable. Sophie is lucky to have such great friends, all of whom obviously think very highly of her. Since this is a middle grade book, I wouldn't mind at all if she concentrates on maintaining these great friendships and leaves the romance for later. I hope there are plenty of books to come so we get to read about it!


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. 

In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must journey to the darkest corners of her luminous world in a sequel that will leave you breathless for more.


  1. I'm thinking I should get this series for my bf's elder niece, since she's already shaping up as a bookworm!

    1. Pili, it's a great clean fantasy. I'd recommend it for any older elementary child.


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