Keepers of the Lost City

Keeper Of The Lost Cities

Books 1-6 (7 is upcoming)

by Shannon Messenger

Aladdin press,

I am going to recommend this series, with a Big Caveat.  It starts out as a Middle Grade series with a female lead character and lots of magic in a story reminiscent of Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson.  It ends as more of a Teen Fiction series complete with love triangle and DRAMA. So without spoiling anything, travel with Sophie a changeling who thinks she knows about her past but in fact she is a lost child from an Elvin world where cuts are treated with potions, and the Elves are lead by a group of Councilors from the nobility, and all manner of magical creatures live in harmony with each other.

Sophie meets an intriguing cast of characters from Dax, son of a potions master. Keefe a more likable son of a Malfoy like noble. Fitz son of yet another noble and fellow Telepath. And many other characters who are fun and assist Sophie on her journey to discover the purpose of her existence.  There is pin trading, magic dodgeball, smelly foods, and troll poetry.  Mystery, secret messages, magic mirrors, and lots of hospital visits.

I really liked book one, there is nothing objectionable or too problematic for middle grade readers.  Its in the subsequent slide into love triangle and Sophie’s lack of growth into a strong capable heroine that gives me pause.  Its a fun series, but Sophie is a bit of a Mary Sue when it comes to powers (Oh no one has ever ‘insert magic ability/talent/skill’ here) but she never grows beyond the wilting, panic filled young girl we see in the first novel.