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Gr 5–8—This sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities (S & S, 2012) continues the story of Sophie Foster, the girl who was brought up as human but who is really an elf with engineered DNA, which has conferred enormous power on her. She now lives with the elves in Havenfield, and has been adopted by a couple whose daughter died. Sophie tries to integrate into the elf community and be a regular kid at school. Her powers of telepathy and psychic healing, however, set her firmly apart as she helps to capture and train a unique alicorn (one with wings). As the mystery of the Black Swan group and their true allegiance continues, Sophie tries to help heal the broken minds of certain elves crucial to uncovering the secret. Clearly the middle book in a series, this title works best for readers familiar with the first book. There is plenty of action, but the story of Sophie's origins, the Black Swan and their role, and the struggle to save the world of the elves does not progress significantly. This installment lacks the sense of urgency and emotional connection of the first title.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

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Sophie Foster returns in Messenger’s strong sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities (2012), about a 12-year-old girl who discovers she is able to read minds, a result of her elven heritage. Now living at Havenfield in the Lost Cities, surrounded by her elven guardians and friends and still facing a big learning curve about her new life as an elf, Sophie makes an unprecedented find when she stumbles upon Silveny, the only female alicorn in existence. This new twist carries the story along new paths that are refreshingly clear of the usual doom and gloom accompanying middle books in series, although there are ominous contacts from the furtive Black Swan group. Although her second year at Foxfire Academy figures in, the plot spends more time on Sophie’s after-school activities and her relationships with friends—Keefe in particular—and family. A satisfying follow-up for series fans that sets up anticipation for the next book. Grades 4-7. --Julie Trevelyan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442445963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442445963
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She's studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. Her middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, is published by Simon & Schuster (Aladdin) and her YA series, SKY FALL, is published by Simon Pulse. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By YA Book Queen VINE VOICE on October 1, 2013
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Sophie Foster is back, and in EXILE she's in for a world of trouble and excitement. From training a rare alicorn (essentially, a very endearing winged unicorn) to trying not to fail her classes at Foxfire, Sophie's life becomes exceedingly complicated when the mysterious Black Swan group continues to send her obscure messages. As if that's not bad enough, Sophie's become even more of a strange outcast in her society -- especially since she now has a goblin bodyguard to keep her safe -- and her elfish abilities are starting to have some problems. In order to save herself - and the people she cares about - Sophie has to travel into unknown territory, and decide who she can trust to help her succeed...

Once again, Messenger gives elves and other creatures of myth her own twist in this captivating sequel. Dangerous, thrilling, and incredibly surprising, EXILE is an outstanding sequel that will keep readers glued to the pages. I told myself I would only read a few chapters one night, and somehow found myself up at midnight, still reading. The characters I fell in love with in the first novel are given more page-time in this sequel, and Sophie's adventures take a darker, more emotional turn. While I highly enjoyed KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, Messenger surprised me with how incredible EXILE turned out to be. If you are looking for a fun and creative middle-grade series that is filled with surprises and fabulous characters, then you need to check out these books.

HIGHLIGHTS: I love how important family and friendship is in this series. While Sophie relies heavily on herself, she also leans on her friends (especially Dex and Keefe) and family (the fabulous Grady and Edaline) when she needs some extra support.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carina's Books on October 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I read Keeper of the Lost Cities back in October I had been prepared to wait a whole year for the sequel. Then I heard of ARCs, but didn't think I would get one, and then suddenly this week it showed up on Edelweiss. I requested it right away, and to my surprise and delight I got accepted for it. And I started it right away. Exile is an amazing book. A perfect sequel. But now I must wait more than a year for book three! I'll live, because I can always re-read the first books :)

One of the things that made me want to read book one so much was the amazing cover. It's just so unique and stunning and just simply gorgeous. So glad that the book was just as perfect as the cover :) I just really adore middle grade books, and fantasy books. I also adore the cover for Exile so much. It fits the story really well, and it's just so extremely pretty.

I have a lot of love for this sequel. Will try my best to review it well, with no spoilers, but still sharing a few things about the plot :) I loved the writing in this book so much. It was very easy to read it. It's a bit long, yet not long enough. I never wanted it to end. The characters are amazing. All of them. A bit sad that there isn't romance in this book, but I am hoping a lot for the third book, because I'm pretty sure there will be something between these two characters :) But oh. This book didn't need romance. The story is just so amazing. And the fantasy. I was never bored while reading it.

Exile takes place a little time after Keeper of the Lost Cities. There is so many things happening in this book. So many new people to meet and new things and secrets to discover. Exile also have a whole lot of heartbreak. Which I loved. But yeah. It is pretty sad. But so good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By steve reich on October 7, 2013
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I loved this book so much! I just finished reading it for the second time and ( it will certainly not be the last ) and I loved it. I found this book with the help from a kid I have known for 8 years (who is also a bookworm like me) I read the first one and immediately ordered the second one. I think this author is incredibly talented. I cannot say how much I love books especially this series. It is fun interesting and has a good story yet riveting and magical as well. I love how this book makes you feel how the character feels, how actions and changes deeply effect them,and how well it is written. Thank you Shannon Messenger!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Lowe on October 8, 2013
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Loved it! I was a big fan of Shannon Messenger from the first Keeper and Let the Sky Fall. I think she has raised the bar with this one. I loved the story and getting to see Sophie grow into her new life and abilities. I cannot believe we have to wait another year for the next one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelley (Oh, the Books!) on March 20, 2014
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The Keeper of the Lost Cities series is one of those shining examples of why readers (especially YA readers) should not be afraid to dip their toes into Middle Grade. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, so I was all too eager to dive into Exile, and I was heavily rewarded!

On the surface, Exile (and the overall series) is a fun and light story about a young girl trying to find out who she is and where she fits among a whole world of magic that she never knew existed. It’s full of fantastical creatures, whimsical magic, and (let’s face it, juvenile) humor. Throughout the entire 570 pages I continued my MO of giggling and exclaiming how damn cute the whole thing is! One of my favorite things, no doubt, was the Alicorn named Silveny — a flying unicorn — who was playful with Sophie, but also left behind mounds of glittery poop.

What surprised me with Exile, however, was the subtle depth as well. There are some things in this book that had me bouncing up and down, unable to contain my excitement because of how cool they were! Imagine a graveyard where, instead of burying bodies, they plant a tree laced with a strand of DNA from the “lost one,” which grows into a beautiful and unique living monument! Oh, there’s much more, but I don’t want to spoil all the fun surprises!

Exile also continued to show plenty of character development for Sophie. She was challenged many times, and in much more difficult ways than in the first book. And her relationships with friends, guardians, and new characters were also challenged and strengthened throughout the story. It was such a treat being able to watch Sophie grow, and unfolding all of the mysteries of her past right along with her.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite MG series out there, and Exile is a very strong entry in the series! I can only hope that Shannon Messenger gets to write more than these first three, because I want more, more, more!
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