Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 4)
By Shannon Messenger
Hi! Would you ever leave your entire family just to join a mysterious group you didn’t know very well? Well, Sophie and her friends Biana, Keefe, Fitz, and Dex left their families! The Black Swan gave them a clue about where to meet up. It said, “Take the Path of the Privileged Past eyes that watch eternal, and blood turned precious. Seek the tower that would not yield for the next steps of your journey.” This meant that they had to go to the Piazza della Signoria (somewhere in Italy).
There, they met Mr. Forkle otherwise known as the neighbor who had been stalking Sophie all her life. (He was a member of the Black Swan, the mysterious group that they were chasing after.) Of course, he couldn’t reveal any of his true identities, so he met them as his old wrinkled self. From there on, he took them to their hideout, but a little surprise was waiting along the way. It turns out that Della (Biana and Fitz’s mom) had stowed away and was secretly there, too.
When they got to the hideout, they each had something to work on. Their main goal was breaking Pretince out of Exile (the elves’ version of jail). Their projects were to make their abilities stronger so that the Black Swan’s plan could go into full motion.
While they were there, they learned about something devastating: a sickness had been laid on the gnomes who took care of the elves’ gardens and made delicious food. They did this for free, but only because they wanted to. This sickness that had befallen them would wipe out all of the gnomes until there wasn’t a single one left.
Will Sophie and her friends be able to stop the sickness before it spreads too far? Or does death await the hard-working gnomes? 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): 3
“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 3
I give this book 5 wands.
This was an amazing book – fourth in the series! I couldn’t put it down! It showed how much the elves really cared for the gnomes and how much ogres and other creatures didn’t.