Keeper of the Lost Cities has been on my tbr list all summer. I know Shannon slightly through blog interaction, so I’m familiar with her shenanigans and her sparkling personality, and I watched her book travel through the publication process. I also adore the cover art, so of course I was curious to read it. Unfortunately, the stars didn’t align until the end of summer—almost a year after its release—but I’m sort of famous for having books on my lengthy tbr list for over a decade. I’m glad I didn’t put it off longer.
Sophie Foster doesn’t fit in. With a photographic memory and keen intelligence, she’s advanced years ahead of other 12-years-old without even trying, but she’s a social misfit. And she can hear people’s thoughts.
That’s because Sophie learns she isn’t human—she’s an elf!
But she soon learns she’s not a normal elf, either. There’s much she needs to learn about elven society, laws, customs, and school curricula, but it quickly becomes apparent that her telepathic powers far exceed anyone else’s, even her mentor. And then she begins remembering things she knows she never learned or experienced.
Answers about her abilities, implanted memories, and human upbringing lead to a rebel elven society that wants her back, or want her dead.
This was a fun read. I liked Sophie right away, so it was easy to become involved in her story. And the details of this fantasy world—the school and its subjects, faculty, and students; the magical creatures and abilities; the social structure; the settings; and even the toys—were reminiscent of Hogwarts in their imagination but had enough uniqueness to not feel like a copycat. They’re real kid-pleasers. I’d say 10+ on this one, mostly owing to the considerable length, but it’s also appropriate for younger listeners.
This was one of those effortless reads, light and enjoyable. I didn’t have to overcome poor editing or sloppy writing. It was just plain good, and Shannon kept it perfectly clean. You know what that combination means…a Squeaky Award! And two thumbs way up.