Flashback (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7)

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 six books in this series! 

Hi! Have you ever thought that someone you knew deserved to be punished, even when they weren’t? Well, Fitz Vacker thought that Alvar Vacker, his brother, should be punished for committing his crimes, even though he had no memory of them! But, the council (the elvin world’s judges) didn’t think like that. Instead, they sentenced him to a trial for 6 months to see how he behaved. If he behaved well, then he would be excused of all charges. If he did something wrong, he would be put in a prison. 

Fitz and his sister, Biana, were not happy about that. Alvar keeps telling everyone that he’s a changed elf. And everyone believes him - except for Fitz. (Biana is undecided.) Fitz storms out of the room where they are holding the trial. Sophie goes down to find Fitz and comfort him. When she finds Fitz, she sees that he’s practicing aiming a throwing star with Grizel, his bodyguard. She comes in and joins with them. Suddenly, their shadows start growing longer. Then, when Sophie asks what’s happening, they hear a sickeningly familiar voice say, “You can’t guess?” Then everything goes black!

When Sophie wakes up, she’s underneath a forcefield with Gethen and Umber, members of the Neverseen, in front of her. They want Wylie to come to them, but Sophie wouldn’t give away his location. 

Suddenly, Umber shoots shadow arrows through Sophie and Fitz. They do permanent damage to Sophie and Fitz. They need to get to a physician. Yay! Just in time, Dex and Wylie get there and save the day! But, the shadow arrow is shadowflux. That makes it nearly impossible to remove from Sophie and Fitz’s bodies.

Will the shadowflux ruin Sophie and Fitz? Will any other conflicts arise in this nail-biting story? Or will everything turn out fine? 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): 4


“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 4



I give this book 5 wands.
I absolutely, positively LOVED this book! It showed me how important friendship and vulnerability with your friends can be in dangerous times!