Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #3)

Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #3)

by Shannon Messenger


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A New York Times bestselling series
A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal–winning series

Sophie uncovers shocking secrets—and faces treacherous new enemies—in this electrifying third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

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.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442446007
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 13,013
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.62(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but she realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?” Keefe shouted over the howling wind and the roaring sea. “Don’t tell me the great Sophie Foster is afraid.”

“I’m just trying to concentrate!” Sophie shouted back, wishing her voice didn’t sound so shaky.

Not that she could fool him.

As an Empath, Keefe could feel the terror coursing through her veins like a herd of stampeding mastodons. All she could do was tug out an itchy eyelash—her nervous habit—and try not to think about how very far down the ocean was.

“You should be afraid,” Sandor told her in his strange, squeaky voice. He placed a gray gobliny hand on Sophie’s shoulder and pulled her back from the edge of the cliff. “There has to be a safer way to teleport.”

“There isn’t.”

Most of the time Sophie was grateful to have the constant protection of a burly bodyguard—especially since her kidnappers had proven they could find her anytime, anywhere.

But sometimes she had to take risks.

She shrugged off Sandor’s hand—which took quite a lot of effort, considering he was seven feet tall with biceps like giant boulders—and inched forward, reminding herself that she liked teleporting better than light leaping. Despite the nexuses she had clamped on each wrist, or the force fields they created to hold her body together during a leap, she’d faded too many times to truly feel safe.

Still, she wished free-falling wasn’t an essential part of teleporting.

“Want me to push you?” Keefe offered, laughing as Sophie jerked away from him. “Come on, it’ll be fun—for me, at least.”

Dex snorted behind them. “And he gets to go with you today.”

“Uh, more like she gets to go with me,” Keefe corrected, flashing his trademark smirk. “Go on, tell Dex who the Council contacted first.”

“Only because your dad’s in charge of arranging visits to the Sanctuary now,” Sophie reminded him.

“Eh, firsties is still firsties. Just admit it, Foster. You need me.”

Sophie wished she could argue, but unfortunately the Council did want Keefe to go with her. Apparently Silveny was having some sort of trouble at her new home in the elves’ special animal preserve, and since Sophie and Keefe each had a connection with the precious alicorn, the Council had asked both of them to head to the Sanctuary immediately.

The Councillors had to be pretty concerned if they were willing to rely on Keefe. . . .

“I’m sorry, Dex,” Sophie said, trying not to worry. “You know I’d bring you if I could.”

Dex smiled—but not enough to show his dimples—as he went back to playing with the lock she’d asked him to open.

Sophie hadn’t wanted to tell him she was going with Keefe, afraid it would make Dex feel left out again. But with Grady off on a classified assignment, and Edaline helping rescue a verminion—a rottweiler-size, purple, hamsteresque creature—before humans found it, Sophie needed a Technopath to get past the Cliffside gate.

“If it makes you feel better, Sandor’s not allowed to come either,” she added, regretting the words as Sandor reeled on them.

“Yes, and it’s completely absurd! I’m supposed to be protecting you—not banned from entering because of arbitrary new rules!’”

“Hey, even my dad’s not allowed to go with us. But don’t worry”—Keefe draped an arm across Sophie’s shoulders—“I’ll take care of her for you.”

Sophie wasn’t sure who groaned louder, her or Dex.

Sandor grabbed Keefe’s shoulders, lifting him off the ground. “If I find even one scratch on her—”

“Whoa, easy there, Gigantor,” Keefe said, kicking the air, trying to squirm free. “I’m not going to let anything happen to her. But let’s not forget that this is Sophie we’re talking about. Odds are, we’re going to need an Elwin visit.”

Even Dex had to laugh at that one.

Sophie glared at all of them.

It wasn’t her fault she’d set a record number of visits to the Healing Center at school, plus a ton of additional house calls from Elwin. She didn’t choose to have a deadly allergy, or genetically enhanced abilities she couldn’t always control. And she definitely didn’t ask to have a group of rebels trying to kill her—which was probably why she should listen to Sandor and not leave his sight.

“We’ll be fine,” she promised, tucking her blond hair behind her ears and trying to sound more confident than she felt. “I can teleport us directly inside the Sanctuary, and security’s been tripled since Silveny moved in.”

“And you will come straight home afterward,” Sandor added, waiting for Keefe to nod before setting him down. “I want you back here in an hour.”

“Aw, come on,” Keefe whined as he adjusted his dark blue cape. “We haven’t seen Silveny in two weeks.”

Sophie smiled.

She never would’ve guessed that Keefe could get so attached to a sparkly, winged horse. But he seemed to miss Silveny as much as she did. Maybe more, since he didn’t get stuck with a head full of exuberant alicorn transmissions every time he saw her.

Silveny was the only creature that Sophie’s unique telepathy couldn’t block, probably because the Black Swan had modeled Sophie’s genetics off an alicorn’s DNA when they “created” her—a fact she was less than thrilled about. Her friends had assured her they didn’t think it was weird, but she still felt like “the horse girl.”

“You know how panicky Silveny can be,” she reminded Sandor, trying to stay focused on the bigger problem. “It’s going to take a few hours to calm her down.”

Sandor grumbled under his breath. “Fine. You have until sunset—but if you’re late, I’m holding you responsible, Mr. Sencen. And trust me when I say you do not want that to happen.”

“Fear the wrath of Gigantor—got it.” Keefe dragged Sophie back to the edge. “Let’s do this!”

“I guess I’ll see you at school on Monday,” Dex mumbled, staring at the ground as he dug out his home crystal. “I reset the mechanism to make the lock open with your DNA, so you probably won’t need me anymore.”

“I’ll always need you, Dex,” Sophie told him, blushing as she quickly added, “you’re my best friend.”

“And dude, I’m telling you,” Keefe jumped in. “When you’re finally ready to go public with your ability—which you seriously need to get cracking on, by the way—we have to team up. We could break into Dame Alina’s office and fill it with dinosaur poop. Or sparkly alicorn poop! Or we could—”

“And this is who you’re entrusting your safety to?” Sandor interrupted, looking like he wanted to strangle Keefe again.

“I can take care of myself,” Sophie reminded him, tapping her forehead. “Inflictor, remember?”

She might have mixed feelings about her rare ability to inflict pain on people, but it did come in handy if the rebels attacked.

“So we ready?” Keefe asked, swooping his arm to mime them diving off the edge.

Sophie’s mouth went dry.

“You got this, Foster. Stop doubting yourself.”

She nodded, trying not to look down as she asked, “Do you remember how teleporting works?”

“Well, last time we were kinda falling to our death and stuff, so it’s a little blurry. But I’m pretty sure I just cling to you and scream like a banshee while you tear a crack into the universe, right?”

“Something like that. We go on three.”

Sandor repeated his objections as they both bent their knees.

“One,” Sophie counted, squeezing Keefe’s hand so hard her knuckles cracked.


She gave herself just slightly longer than a second before she closed her eyes and whispered the final command.


The word was still on her lips as they both launched off the cliff.

Keefe whooped and hollered and flailed, but Sophie stayed quiet, trying to tune out everything except the warmth building in her mind and the adrenaline rushing through her veins.

Down down down they fell, until Sophie could feel the salty mist spraying her cheeks. But just when she was about to scream, something clicked inside her mind, and she channeled the burning mental energy out into the sky.

Thunder clapped as a crack formed in the air beneath them, and they dropped straight into the darkness.

Time and space didn’t exist in the void. There was no up or down. No right or left. Just the pull of the force and the warmth of Keefe’s hand. But Sophie knew that all she had to do was think about where she wanted to go and they’d be free.

The Sanctuary, she thought, picturing the lush meadows and sprawling forests she’d seen in pictures. Her photographic memory could recall every vivid detail, right down to the tiny drops of mist that coated every petal and leaf, sparkling like glitter in the sun.

“You with me, Foster?” Keefe called, when no exit appeared.

“I think so.”

She squeezed her eyes tighter, picturing the hollowed out mountains that shielded the Sanctuary from the rest of the world, and the animals in every shape and color wandering through the pastures. She even tried imagining herself standing with Keefe in a meadow, watching Silveny soar above them with gleaming silver wings.

But when she opened her eyes, all she saw was black—thick and suffocating and inescapable.

Panic closed off her chest and Sophie gasped for breath, fighting to concentrate on the Sanctuary with the full power of her mind.

A migraine flared, so intense it felt like her brain was cracking. But the pain wasn’t nearly as terrifying as the realization that came with it.

They were trapped in the void.

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Everblaze 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to begin by saying that before I read Keeper I really had never been transported into a book before. When I read it it was like, wow, that was amazing. It left me breathless. Then, when I read Exile the next day I finished it in a matter of hours. I have been waiting anxiously for Everblaze for almost a year and it was no disappointment. The story hooks you, pulls you in, envelopes and consumes all thought until you finish reading and once you do, wait for it...cliffhanger! I am already constructing theories as to what will happen in book four and, here's hoping, book five. I absolutely am in love with this book! It could quite possible the the best of the three books. I recommend this book for whomever wishes to spend hours on end completely transported into another world that will make you laugh out loud one chapter and sob your eyes out the next. Everblaze gets two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so i love these books so much and hope that there are more. Plz more! Ok so this book ends in a cliff hanger probable the biggest one yet. Sophie dose some stupid things but by the end everything sort of works its way back into place. SORT OF!!!!!! BTW there should be a team Biana!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that takes your emotions on a rollercoaster. You cry, you laugh, and you get angry. Sometimes, you wonder if the author is in her right mind and other times, you wonder if she's a genius. This book shows that the more practice you get, the better you get. I am so glad I have helped support this author since she started because she deserves 5 stars on all of her books, this one especially. Well done, Shannon Messenger!
WishfulTelepath More than 1 year ago
Ok let me just start off my saying, this book is sooo awesome!!!!!!! ahh I can't get over it! SO MANY EMOTIONS! I actually was team with KEEFE but now I"M LIKE STUCK BETWEEN BOTH KEEFE AND FITZ! I absolutely loved seeing Sophie mature and grow through out the books! She is so much brave, stronger, and smarter than before!  I love how the book sets a imaginative scene for each chapter, the way the author describes everything is phenomenal and I haven't read anything close to how amazing these series are!  I'm blown away by the writing and the plot of all this...A M A Z I N G! I actually already planned out that it was going to be five stars because Shannon never disappointing with her books!:) I recommend it to everyone! SO AWESOME!  OH AND DID I MENTION THAT EACH BOOK COVER IS PERFECTION!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shannon Messenger has once again made a novel perfect for children of all ages, even those who are only children at heart! In this installment of her "Keepers of the Lost Cities" series, she brings on an even more mysterious plot line than ever before, effortlessly keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. She'll make you cry in sympathy with the main characters, and snort with laughter over all of their exploits. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everblaze compared to Exile and Keeper of the Lost Cities makes the two books look like innocent little kids and Everblaze an angry lion. So much happens in this book...the Council betrays Sophie...it almost seems like Sophie should've just stayed with the humans. Before I thought Jolie was Sophie's real mom, but she's not :| but honestly you MUST read this book it has the worst cliffhanger Psst it has to do with the Black Swan. Plus someone important dies Oh and there's WAAAAY more Keefe, Fitz, Dex, and biana scenes. Read this book its amazing thank you Shannon messenger!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVEADOREADMIRESCREAMFORJOY - Beyond words - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOOOOOOOVEEEEE THIS SERIES!!!!!! I can't even explain how EXTREMELY ECSTATIC I am for EVERBLAZE!!!!... -can't not bold it!!!! I have always had happy bouncing moments for new books, but i have NEVER been this excited in my life... THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES: This book was sooooooooooo.... AMMAAAAAAZZZZZZIIIIINNNNGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!! It was beautifully written and had excellently crafted characters, who one could truly connect to. I loved the plot, and how everything was so, its own.... A LOT of people have compared this book to other famous books and I just think this: Yeah sure, some things that happen in it are a lot like other books, ONLY IF YOU TRY TO MAKE THEM THAT WAY!!!!!! When you're reading and your constantly looking for things that might be like something else, that's all your going to see, and then your missing the whole point of why it was in there... You miss the fact that what your comparing to has really hardly ANYthing in common anyway.... EVERY single person is different, true? So unless they wrote it word for word, EVERY SINGLE author's work is different too! THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, EXILE: Shannon kept everything up, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book... Maybe even more than the first!! It was such an adventure to get to know and meet more of Keepers characters.. Plus, I just couldn't stop laughing till I cried, never failing till the end! Oh boy... (Keefe! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! "If your jealous because you don't have a cool nickname, we can start calling you Sparkle Fanny." -Keefe. Glitter But, Sparkle Fanny, and Shimmer Booty, the great trio! HAHA!!!!!)-I told my 12 year old cousin about that part, and your practically her hero now Shannon... Its so funny... I won't spoil anything, because I HATEHATEHATE THAT! But I VERY WELL WIIIISSSSHHH I could tell more!!!!! -This whole no spoiling thing is so hard it hurts!!!! JUST READ IT!!!! READITREADITREADITREADIT!!!!!!! (P.S. Sorry for all the caps... I can't resist!) THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, EVERBLAZE: I'M DYING!!!!! HAVE TO READ IT!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!!!!! I still can not possibly believe I DON'T HAVE IT YET!!!!!! Because man, this book... (AHHHHHH!!!!! *Cries, laughs, and shouts happily, and angrily, and sadly, and miserably, and etc....till the day I have it...) I have never remembered every single detail and reread books like I have in this series... I have actually taught all my friends how to play some games they play in the book (Like: Base Quest! Duh! Just kidding!... YAHOO!!!) and we have actually PLAYED them together-IN THE WIND!!!! IN. THE. WIND. SOOOO COOL!!!! I cried and screamed when I knew the date EVERBLAZE was coming out, and then again when I saw the cover of course, and when this TOO AMAZING FOR WORDS author Shannon Messenger, was coming to my home town!!!! (SCREAM!!!!!) But... then... I couldn't end up making it there........ (Hence why I haven't read it yet... Sniff... Sniff...) And I cried again, and I think about everyday................ WHAT?!? I'M NOT GOING CRAZY!!!! Even though I think I might be, because I'm dead serious, I think about EVERBLAZE EVERY SINGLE DAY, and it's all I want for Christmas..... Seriously, you could ask ANYBODY who knows me, and they will tell you that... ANY WAY!!!! This is a review! Please note; I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! And I would STRONGLY suggest to everyone to read it! You will never forget this adventure, I swear to it! Thank you Shannon, I thank you so extremely beyond words can tell! I hope I'm the kind of writer who writes things that changes people (In wonderful happy ways!:) )like you do with each new book, -when I finally get my work out there in that HUGE writing world! Thank you for reading this review! Hope it helped you know what to read next..(hinthint!:KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!" Even though it was kinda crazy... ;)
krichter1 More than 1 year ago
Omg this book is beyond amazing not enough words are made to describe how amazing this book is: awesome, amazing, fantastic , fabulous and extraordinary. If I kept on going this review would be going on for hours. Anyway, this is my number #1 favorite book in the  entire world. Harry Potter can't even beat this book. it is truly amazing. I have read it 6 times and I'm reading it for the seventh time as we  speak! Most people would probably say no book could ever be that good, but that is only until you read it. This book is an excellently  written book by Shannon Messenger, but be warned this book has a serious cliff hanger that leaves you craving for more. After I finished  this book I recommended this series to my friend who was instantly hooked after a few hours. I would see her glancing down at it when  my teacher paused to take a breath. This book is about where Sophie Foster and her friend Fitz learn to trust each other with their lives.  In doing so, it supposedly is going to help them during a healing of Fintan's mind. In this book there are happy parts, sad parts and all  around awesome parts. This book is an action packed adventure filled with twists and turns until you find out the truth. Who is the victim  and Who is the villain? Find out in this amazing novel that leaves you craving for more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I like the change in direction this book took at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everblaze by Shannon Messenger was a fantastic 3rd book of the Keeper series!   It was very descriptive, and the plot was well thought out.You feel like you are right there in the story! The first page hooks you right in! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! One thing happens, and you're like "YESSSSS!” and then you read on and you're like "NOOOOOO!" The character development is also very good. They are very good role models! I recommend this book to everyone! The only downside is that I will have to wait another year to find out what happens next! ;) I know the next one will be fabulous, though, so it's worth the wait!
Greatest_Reader More than 1 year ago
This book is truly the best in the series so far. Not only do you want to yell at the author, Shannon Messenger, for what she did, but you want to hug her for doing such courageous things with her characters. I'm amazed at everything the main character, Sophie, was put through and I have nothing but compliments on the writing though I do wish it had not ended at a cliffhanger. Thank you Shannon Messenger for writing this wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! Best book I have ever read. I have read this book about a billion times since I got it. I wanted to read this book so bad I almost drove to LA all the way from San Francisco to get the book a day in advance(and for the cupcakes). I can't wait for the next book to come out. I can't believe Fitz found something out from Sophie's memory that she couldn't remember and then didn't tell her. I think it is either about her parents/family, black swan, or the boy who disappeared. I also think that Master Leo is actually Mr Forkle because he protects Sophie and says "you kids" like him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's SOOOOO good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know. I know. This is going to sound weird but....... Teamkeefe!!!!!!!!!!! Ps. There should be a team Bronte
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! My daughter will always take this book wherever she goesand reads them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Its on about a fifth/sixth grade reading level. But its clean. And the plot is great. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes adventure, almost love, and awkward situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was SO good but if you want to read it start from the beginning of the series becaus you need to read all of them in order starting from the first one called "Keeper Of The Lost Cities" so totally read all three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid book. Deals with concepts of responsibility and loss in an age-appropriate manner without becoming too morose. Recommended especially for ages 9-13. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing page turner. The days I read it I never got nay work done because it just sucks you into their world! The mystery behind it is amazing and very well planned out. The characters are cute, funny, creepy, scary, and the plot twist! Oh the plot twists!! Things come very unexpected, but it has reason behind it and it make sense! And the thing is, it's not just like the good guys always win and have a thought out plan that is sure to make sure they win. Because, you know, they're kids! They do things kids would actually do and kids don't always win and are probably going to be overpowered often, which happens, BUTTTT because of their awesomeness, they fight it out together!  Kids make mistakes and in this book, Sophie takes the REAL hit of mistakes, but it all works out in the end with her friends helping her in every way (while still trying to mend old ones) There are relationships that will leave you swinging and lost in thought FOREVER. You can't stop thinking about it. All you want to do is find out what happens next! Btw: Worst but at the same time BEST cliff hanger EVERRRR! The villains are amazing and it related to things in the previous books and the pieces start clicking together in you mind as you find out more of Sophie's past and what the Black swan and the rebels are really made of. It's amazing and I 100% recommend it!  I'm 14 and reading it so don't think you're too old to read it! If you have a little daughter or friends or sibling THIS IS FOR THEM. HOnestly, this is for guys too! I know some Team Keeper guys so we need more to join the party! Team FosterKeefeFitzIana! by the way :)
Cosme More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites! It's full of action and you can't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing. I do not know how to explain it sophie has so many hard challenges in her life and she always comes threw. I just love this book series. I can't wait to read the next one! YOU HAVE TO READ IT! - Maeve
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very creative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the series. XD :) ;) !!!!!!!! :0
Anonymous More than 1 year ago