Exile by Shannon Messenger


Goodreads: Exile
Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities #2
Source: Library
Publication Date: 2013


As a newly discovered elf, Sophie now lives in a magical land where she gets to attend school to hone her Telepathetic abilities.  However, the mysterious group who tried to kidnap her is still out there and Sophie never really feels safe.  At least she can keep busy training her new alicorn, the first one seen in centuries, and one with whom she shares a special bond.  But her kidnappers might be after her alicorn, too.


Initially, I thought this series was kind of ridiculous (in a good way) even though I enjoyed the first book.  Sophie Foster has been genetically engineered to do just about anything, she has three boys pining after her in this sequel, and now she’s suddenly the proud trainer of the first alicorn to be spotted in centuries!  Bring on the sparkles! However, the more I read, the more I must admit to myself that I am obsessed.

Shannon Messenger creates a vivid world full of fascinating magic.  There is always a new city to explore, a new skill to learn about, a new character to get to know.  Telepaths, Technopaths, Empaths, Vanishers, Inflictors.  Each possesses different talents and each is bound by the rules of their abilities.  Sophie, who spent most of her life with humans, is still getting to know exactly what is possible in her new home.  We the readers get to marvel or tremble along with our heroine, wondering exactly how the elves have managed to coexist peacefully so long when they can create so much harm.

More mysteries arise in this sequel even as Sophie imagines she is getting closer to the truth about her past.  The stakes are higher and readers will want to rush through breathlessly to he end, as eager as Sophie to find the Black Swan. The only downside to reading this book is that you might regret it if you don’t have book three immediately on hand.

4 stars

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