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A New York Times best-selling series 
A USA Today best-selling series 
A California Young Reader Medal-winning series  

Sophie uncovers shocking secrets - and faces treacherous new enemies - in this electrifying third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. 

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back. 

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers - before they come after her again. 

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes. 

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

©2014 Shannon Messenger (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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The story is intriguing and keeps me engaged at each twist and turn! After finding this series last year for some of my fifth grade students, I decided to dive in to see what all the raving was about, and this years crew has these books flying off the classroom shelf. I love the conversations we have about the characters, plot, and guesses as to what will happen next!

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first half slower

The council seemed rather incompetent in this book.
Also, Sophie spent so much time just "planning" with her friends in her room. She spent scenes separately telling Dex and Keethe and Fitz and Biana all her secrets and what she knew about the Black Swan and Neverseen. I wanted action or try-fail cycles. Still, it was interesting to read anyway. So, it was well done.

Then, everything changed when the fire nation attacked. I mean when the everblaze sparked in the second half of the book.

I do think the millennia-old elves should be wiser or nicer or have better plans than they do, though. For a society of ancients, they get flustered easily and don't anticipate the right troubles. None of the elves act as old as they are supposed to be.