Keeper of the Lost Cities Lodestar
by Shannon Messenger
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*Spoiler Alert* In the fifth book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Shannon Messenger doesn't fail to deliver on another of her infamous cliffhangers. But before that, Sophie, Fitz, Biana, and Dex work together to take down the Neverseen with a little help from their new spy, Keefe. Having joined the Neverseen in the end of the last book, Keefe has plans to steal two caches from Fintan and learn more about the Neverseen's msyterious "Lodestar Initiative." Twins Linh and Tam Song join the Black Swan, and the council decides to move Exilium's campus to Foxfire so that the prodigies there can learn skills. This stirs controversy, as skills have long been seen as "common" and not worth the time of the nobility. Things get heated when Wylie, Prentice's son, is kidnapped from the Sliver Tower by the Neverseen, leaving everyone reeling. The tower is supposedly impossible to break into, and what's worse, they torture and question him about the death of his mother—leading him to believe that her death may not have been an accident after all. Full of Shannon Messenger's usual twists and turns, Lodestar is a definite page-turner, with a cliffhanger that will leave you screaming for the next book. My heart is certainly still pounding. November can't come soon enough.