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This article is about Keeper of the Lost Cities, the series written by Shannon Messenger. You may be looking for the live-action film adaptation, or Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities, the first book in the series.

Keeper of the Lost Cities is a book series written by Shannon Messenger, currently consisting of eleven books, in the following order: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile, Everblaze, Neverseen, Lodestar, Nightfall, Flashback, Legacy, Unlocked, Stellarlune, and Unraveled. It has been published in various languages, including but not limited to: English, French, Russian, and Spanish. There are five books in Czech and Polish, and also a UK version of each book. The next book will be Book 9.5: Unraveled. There will also be a tenth book, but its title is currently unknown.

In January of 2021, a movie adaptation of the series was announced, directed by Ben Affleck. The release date has not been announced, and further details have yet to be released.

The first half of the first book has been made into a graphic novel, and more graphic novels are scheduled to follow.

Since 2012, most books have come out each year in November. Book 8.5: Unlocked was published on November 17, 2020, and Book 9: Stellarlune was released on November 8, 2022. Book 9.5: Unraveled will be released on November 12, 2024, and Shannon Messenger has confirmed that there will be a 10th book, potentially the last in the series. An eleventh book was discussed by Shannon on Twitter but has yet to be confirmed.

The series follows the journey of Sophie Elizabeth Foster, who seems to be different from other humans. Not only is she a genius, but she also has an ability that no one else has: the ability to read minds. That is, that is an ability she thinks no one else has. However, when she meets a teal-eyed boy who tells her that she is not a human, but rather, an elf, her world turns upside down. This abnormal girl travels through a journey of pain, discovery, and love. The only question is, does she have what it takes to make it out of there alive?

As she pushes through the hardships that the Neverseen, a rebel group of elves, send her way, she meets new people, sees new things, and forms new heartfelt relationships. Her friends and family help her along her journey.

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After manifesting five abilities throughout the books, one might assume that she would easily be victorious. But the Neverseen always seems to be one step ahead, or many. A witness to many kidnappings, and experiencing one herself, Sophie thought she was prepared for everything. But with twists at every step, she questions if things could get any worse, which always seems to happen. Experiencing betrayals and losses she never thought possible, Sophie still pushes through the hardships.

With the help of her friends, family, and creators, the Black Swan, Sophie pushes through each battle she faces. The question that spreads among the fans of the New York Times bestselling series is, who will emerge as the victor? The Moonlark and the Black Swan, or the forces of evil? Read through this thrilling, heart-stopping book series to find the answers!


“The past is the only finite thing in this uncertain world, and in a somewhat comforting way.”

Mr. Forkle, in the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series

“You'd be surprised at how powerful hope can be.”

—, in Book 2: Exile

“'Because our family doesn't decide who we are. WE decide who we are. Believe me, it drives my parents crazy. And sometimes, that's the only thought that gets me through the day.'”

Sophie Elizabeth Foster, in Book 3: Everblaze

“Sometimes the greatest power comes from showing mercy”

Sophie Elizabeth Foster, in Book 4: Neverseen

“Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reason. And bad can be misunderstood.”

Linh Hai Song, in Book 5: Lodestar

“I don’t know how it’s all going to work out, but . . . I’ll be fighting for the happy ending too.”

Sophie Elizabeth Foster, in Book 6: Nightfall

“We're spiraling toward war. And not an isolated battle. A global conflict involving every living being.”

Mr. Forkle, in Book 8: Legacy

“"We're all willing to believe that everything is perfect and shiny and wonderful here in the Lost Cities- until something happens that forces us to admit it's not.”

Rayni Aria, in Book 9: Stellarlune


Book 2: Exile

Book 3: Everblaze

Book 4: Neverseen

Book 5: Lodestar

Book 6: Nightfall

Book 7: Flashback

Book 8: Legacy

Book 8.5: Unlocked

Book 9: Stellarlune


About the Series
Series Page

Released Books
Keeper of the Lost CitiesExileEverblazeNeverseenLodestarNightfallFlashbackLegacyUnlockedStellarlune

Unreleased Books



Short Stories
Keefe Short Story (Nightfall)Keefe Short Story (Flashback)Fitz Short StoryTam Short StoryLinh Short StoryMarella Short Story

Shannon MessengerJason ChanLaura HollingsworthCourtney GodbeyFelia HanakataKarin Paprocki

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Series (2024)


How many books will be in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series? ›

Book 9.5: Unraveled will be released on November 12, 2024, and Shannon Messenger has confirmed that there will be a 10th book, potentially the last in the series. An eleventh book was discussed by Shannon on Twitter but has yet to be confirmed.

Will there be a book 10 of Keeper of the Lost Cities? ›

On March 1, 2023, Shannon Messenger announced that the book would be delayed due to her second baby but confirmed that the book would eventually be released. On February 16, 2024, Shannon Messenger announced Book 9.5 which delays Book 10 back at least another year.

What age is Keeper of the Lost Cities appropriate for? ›

The first book in the international bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Harry Potter, Rick Riordan and Amari and the Night Brothers. Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret.

Do Sophie and Fitz kiss? ›

Sophie nodded, and they both got up. Reaching up, she put her arms around his neck as he caressed her face. They stared into eachother's eyes for a long moment before Fitz finally tilted his head and kissed her passionately. The kiss was nice, but something still didn't feel right.

Do Sophie and Keefe get married? ›

Sophie asks Fitz to step back from their relationship and Sophie ends up marrying Keefe Sencen.

What is Mr. Forkles' real identity? ›

Forkle His official name (for this identity, at least) is Mr. Errol L. Forkle, which he apparently chose because the initials spell out “elf,” and because the word “Forkle” can sometimes mean “disguise” in Norwegian.

Will there be a book 11 of Keeper of the Lost Cities? ›

Shannon has said that she will make a book #10 then end the series there. Nuri Shannon said once that there will probably be up to 10 books, but that's probably it!

Who does Sophie kiss in Keeper of the Lost Cities? ›

In Nightfall, Sophie and Dex kiss, proving there is no chemistry between them; after all, they are cousins, even though, Sophie is technically adopted.

How old is Sophie in Stellarlune? ›

The protagonist of the series, Sophie, is a twelve-year-old elf with telepathy who lives in San Diego, California with a human family.

Is there any LGBTQ in Keeper of the Lost Cities? ›

She and I have had multiple conversations about Shannon Messenger's lack of diversity in this series and the complete absence of LGBTQ people, as if they just don't exist. There are a number of diverse characters, but they are relegated to support roles and their characters are virtually undeveloped.

How old is Fitz in the first Keeper of the Lost Cities? ›

First apperance

Fitzroy "Fitz" Avery Vacker is a seventeen-year-old elf, as of Legacy. He is normally called Fitz, a shortened version of Fitzroy, but is also called "Wonderboy" by Dex Dizznee and "Fitzy", "Fitzter", and "Lord of the Snuggles" by Keefe Sencen.

Is Keeper of the Lost Cities clean? ›

Bonus: there's only mild romance and minimal real violence or swearing, all of which occur excessively in many contemporary fantasy series directed to teens. But books like Keeper are easy to read, easy to forget.

Did Biana kiss Sophie? ›

Fitz took a step back. Biana picked Sophie up and planted a kiss on the lips, soft, warm, true. Sophie smiled, hugging Biana, “What was that for?” Sophie asked. Biana smiled joyfully, “I remembered I loved you!” Both blushing, they turned back to Fitz who was wonderstruck.

Did Sophie marry Fitz? ›

After much contemplation, Sophie realized her heart truly belonged to Keefe, her first love. Fitz, heartbroken but respectful of Sophie's decision, gracefully bowed out of the love triangle, promising to remain a loyal friend. Keefe, overjoyed by Sophie's confession, proposed marriage to her.

How much older is Keefe than Sophie? ›

How old are the characters in this book and throughout the series? To answer questions about Legacy, please sign up. Sokeefe_fangirl Actually sophie and keefe are the same age.


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