By Shannon Messenger
Plot: “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.” -Publisher
Writing: So many twists and turns and wonderful happiness! This book made me feel so warm and fuzzy, (you know, except for all the terribly sad parts.) The characters are getting more and more three dimensional, and you can’t help but love all of them. They feel so real that as soon as something bad happens to them it’s like the world is ending. *Shannon, why must you torture us?* The setting is so rich, and I love reading about all of Sophie’s special adventures, although that is one of the only problems of the series: for some reason, all the interesting things are happening to Sophie, but I guess that’s what happens in Harry Potter, so it’s still really good.
Age Level: 10-15. There are no bad words, same amount of violence as the others. It does get a little more romance, but only the cute little crush of a twelve year old kid, and there is now a full blown love triangle, so you kind of have to decide whether or not you like that sort of thing.
Overall: Honestly throughout the series we start to see how Sophie is just so much better than all the other elves and how amazing she is, which is great, but also a little unrealistic. Her character stays great though, and she stays all humble and modest even with her amazingness, which is a pretty admirable trait. The series just gets so complex and these crazy things are happening, an you just HAVE to stay with the series because it is so compelling. Five stars!