Messenger, Shannon Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3) 640 pgs. Aladdin, 2015. $8.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Technically our reviews are supposed to start with a summary. I
will be honest here, I didn’t finish this book, so that’s not going to happen.
I read the first two (very long) books in this series (and liked them), but quite
a while ago, and a plethora of books in between. So that brings me to this
staggering 640 page book. I read about 200 pages in and it was like a grand
tour of character and plot element Cameos, every single name I had almost forgotten.
There was some worry over Sophie's Pegasus friend, some Ogre drama, and a trip back to her sanctuary school. Once you’re out of the author’s world some of the plot elements seem kind of
silly and I felt myself filling with dread at finishing the next 400+ pages. I
considered re-reading the first two, but after looking at how many pages that
involved, I felt skeptical. That begs the bigger question, if I liked the first
two books, why wouldn’t I be clambering for this next one? I guess I didn’t
like them as much as I think I did.
My final recommendation is kind of a cop-out, buy this book if the series is popular
at your library, especially middle school. Consider not choosing this book for
upper elementary because of its daunting length and complexity.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author