Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6)

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 five books in this series!

Hi! Have you ever had a friend when you were really little that moved away? And then when you go to visit them, it turns out that they remember you? Well, Sophie has. Except, instead of a friend, it’s here sister!

When Sophie was 11 years old, she was separated from her human family to join the elves. Sophie’s parents got captured in the last book. (As I said, this is at the very end of the last book, so I just spoiled the entire last book for you because you didn’t follow my directions. You’re welcome!!) But, when they go back to search the house for any clues of why the Neverseen captured her parents, they found Sophie’s little sister, Amy, whose memories had been wiped of Sophie’s existence. She now knew herself as “Natalie Freeman.” But, when Amy saw Sophie, something triggered in her brain and she remembered her.

So, with a little bit (okay, maybe A LOT) of persuasion, Sophie convinced the Black Swan to take Amy into one of their hideouts. The particular hideout they chose was a secret compartment in Atlantis, the supposedly sunken city that was the capital of elves. She went to live with Quinlin and Livvy, his wife. Their relationship was a little bit confusing because, technically, Quinlin and Livvy hadn’t gotten divorced because divorce wasn’t common in the elvin world. But, they technically had nothing to do with each other.

Amy was going to be very safe with Quinlin and LIvvy while Sophie worked on getting her parents back. Sophie and Keefe got information from Keefe’s mom about where Nightfall was (the hideout where her parents supposedly were), hence the title Nightfall. But when they got there, it had been abandoned. All that was left was Alvar, the brother of Sophie’s friend, Fitz. Apparently, the Neverseen had had no use for him. And so they had drugged him with soporidine, an ogre enzyme that makes you sleep for a long time. Just the tiniest drop can cause you to be knocked out cold for three days. And Alvar had been exposed to almost a fistful of it, making it almost fatal if they couldn’t find the right cure!

Later, when Sophie and Keefe went to visit Keefe’s dad, Keefe’s dad said that he knew where the other Nightfall (the supposedly real one where Sophie’s parents were really being kept) was. But he had two conditions that he required that they would follow before he would tell them. 1 – That he (Keefe’s dad) would be inducted into the Black Swan, and 2 – that Keefe, who hated his dad, would come back to live with him. Both Sophie and Keefe told him that they would honor his conditions and Mr. Sencen (Keefe’s dad) was an Empath (that means he can feel emotions), so he could tell they weren’t lying.

And guess what? You’re going to have to read the book to find out where it is! So HA to you!

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): 3



I give this book 5 wands.
This book was super-duper-looper amazing!! It showed how much family can make us care about so many things that we weren’t concerned about before.