Lodestar (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 5)

By Shannon Messenger

**Before you read this review, a warning: Please read all of the reviews and books in order. This review will have spoilers if you have not read the first four books in this series!**

Hi! Have you ever hoped that your past had everything to do with the future? Well, Sophie has! In this book, Sophie asks Mr. Forkle to take her back to the place where she was kidnapped. While she was there, Sophie had a small meltdown. Mr. Forkle showed her where they kept her friend Dex. Sophie thought she had to force Mr. Forkle to take Dex with them on the rescue. But it turned out Mr. Forkle was never going to leave him. He was just going to take them one at a time and come back for the other one later. Then, Mr. Forkle showed Sophie where she had been kept. She thought it was her imagination, but was it? Or were the scents of the sedatives left over from when they had been captured?

When Mr. Forkle left Sophie on the streets when they had been captured, he triggered her abilities and hopes that they would be able to find their way back. He said that not a day went by that he didn’t regret the decision. But, compared to everything else the Neverseen had done, the kidnapping wasn’t very bad at all. But in the hideout, they found a symbol called a Lodestar.

Every end on Lodestar, a star in the elvin constellation, was another one of the Neverseen’s hideouts. So, if they remembered the symbol, they could find their hideouts with the right information. Since in the last book Keefe betrayed Sophie and went over to the Neverseen, Sophie and the rest of her friends were counting on him to get out the information they needed. You are probably thinking, “Why would they trust Keefe? He betrayed them!” But he fake-betrayed them. He was really trying to get information out of the Neverseen.

But will they be able to find all the Neverseen’s hideouts before they do something so big that they won’t be able to go back and fix it? Or will ruin come to the elvin world because of the Neverseen? 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.
I absolutely, definitely loved this book! It showed how Sophie could stay friends with someone, even though the rough times. And through Keefe had made some mistakes (okay, maybe A LOT of mistakes!), Sophie still was friends with him. That’s pretty cool!