Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 2)

By Shannon Messenger

Hi! I just watched Mary Poppins Returns. In the movie there was a song about how you can’t judge a book by its cover. But that is not true about this book. I asked my mom what she thought this book was about by just looking at its cover. She got pretty close (but she did get some specifics wrong). Pause this review right now and look at the cover of the book. Make some conclusions before you read the review and if the review doesn’t say it, then you can read the book to find out if you’re right! Before we actually get into the book of this review, you should know that this is the second book in a series, not the first. If you haven’t read the review for Keeper of the Lost Cities (or you have and just have forgotten about it), please click here to read the review now.

In the last book, Sophie found out that she was created by a group called the Black Swan. There are some enemies of the Black Swan that are out to get her. They kidnapped her and one of her friends, Dex. Dex and Sophie were both really nervous a lot after that happened. Sophie was even given a bodyguard named Sandor. Sandor was big and grey and muscular (he was a goblin).

Sophie was tracking a Sasquatch when she ran into an alicorn. An alicorn is like a unicorn. It has no differences so I don’t know why they called it an alicorn instead of a unicorn. It was a female alicorn and was one of the last alicorns in existence. One other alicorn in existence was kept in a sanctuary back in Sophie’s kingdom. Sophie convinced the alicorn to come back to a pen at her house where she lived with Grady and Edaline.

Soon after she brought the alicorn back, the elvin Council came and said that the alicorn should be moved to live with the Heks. The Heks are a mother and father and daughter named Stina. Stina is Sophie’s arch-enemy, so she will do anything to keep Silveny (the alicorn) away from Stina. The council agrees to trust her for the time being, but she better have that alicorn ready by the time that the council chooses to present Silveny to the public. The council has been going through hard times ever since Sophie got kidnapped. Now everyone is wondering if they’ll be taken next.

Not long afterward, the Black Swan began leaving her mysterious notes again.

Will Sophie follow these clues and be led to her past? Or will life continue along as boring as it is in the elvin world? As I always say, read the book to find out!

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor – zero being not scary at all and five being majorly scary): 2


“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 1



I give this book 5 wands.
I absolutely LOVED this book! This is one of my favorite series that I am working on! It shows us a whole new mysterious world that has been under our noses for our entire lives and a secret organization that is neither good nor bad that seems determined to save Sophie Foster!