By Shannon Messenger
Plot: “Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together. But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger. As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever. ” -Publisher
Writing: Exile was just as amazing as the first book, if not more! It was captivating and WoNdErFuL!!! Sophie is starting to integrate into this elven world, but she’s just sooo different that she doesn’t belong here or in the human world. But I mean, that’s kinda what you get when you’re a rebel group’s genetic experiment. Even more world building going on in this one, learning more about Sophie’s genetic family, an setting up plotlines for future books. Although a couple parts of the elven world are starting to feel forced, as if Shannon is trying too much to add a bunch of elven traditions not previously mentioned? But that happens in the other books too.
Age Level: 10-15. No bad words or anything, they do talk about alicorn poop and it’s level of sparkliness, but it’s probably fine for 10 year-olds and even younger. Lot’s of violence too, they also go into this prison full of insane people, so that could be a little scary for younger kids.
Overall: I loved this so much! It was very compelling, and the caharcetrs felt so three dimensional and real, and everytime something bad happens to one of them, you feel so sad! Not to mention the wonderful dynamic between Sophie and all of her friends. It’s a little bit odd though, because Sophie is only friends with all of the important people in the lost cities, and maybe it would be more realistic if Sophie got to know the normal people who weren’t in the elven nobility. It’s also kind of funny how there are like three extremely attractive elven boys who like her even though at least half of them are three years older than her, so… although it is fun to pick a side on which of them you like the best. (Team Foster-Keefe all the way!)