LodestarBook - 2017
A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal-winning series
Dark schemes unfold and Sophie's loyalty is pushed to the limit in this thrilling fifth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities--but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.
The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.
A mysterious symbol could be the key--if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the Black Swan aren't the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn't stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.
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"As the crowned king of good hair, I can always tell when I'm talking to one of my rightful subjects." - Keefe
"Thank you for being brave enough to find me this one last time. You gave me the gift of goodbye." - Mr. Forkle
"I'm going to try not to cause an interspecies incident when I'm introduced to the other leaders. Then we're all going to eat fancy food in a stuffy room while everyone pretends they're not secretly wishing that hey could kill each other. " - Sophie
"Wow. I've never seen people fight because they all want to do the crazy dangerous thing." - Marella
"See, and I always thought that the strongest soldiers were those with something to fight for. Something to come home to. Something they can't bear to loose that makes them refuse to surrender." - Grizel
""Drastic how?" Fitz asked.
"You've already seen the beginning of it. Policing in our cities. Defense training for our citizens. I'm not saying those are bad things. Sadly, they're incredibly necessary. But where do they lead? Stricter crystal restrictions to further regulate where and when people can leap. Curfews. Much more invasive monitoring of our registry pendants. When rulers stop trusting their citizens, freedom is always the cost. And I think of several Councillors who will see what happened to Wylie as proof that control is the answer."
"And what do you see as the answer?" Sophie asked.
Oralie sighed. "I honestly don't know. But . . . I think it starts with people like you. People asking hard questions and taking risks and not letting anything stop them - not because they want power or glory. Because they know it's the right thing to do."" - Lodestar
""Sophie's just as bad with compliments," Fitz said. "Look at how red they're both turning right now."
"They really are adorable, aren't they?" Biana asked.
Sophie sighed. "Who invited the Vackers?"" - Lodestar
"Plus, a school isn't a school until Sophie tries to destroy it." - Fitz
"No, I think it means we shouldn't pass judgement until we see how things play out. Actions never tell the whole story. Good can be done for the wrong reason. And bad can be misunderstood. " - Linh
Fitz: “WOW, this is going to make me want to hold your hand all the time.”
Biana rolled her eyes.
Biana: “Easy now, big brother. Let go of my friend or I will drop you like we’re playing bramble.”
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