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

In this unforgettable seventh book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

Young Adult
November 6
Grades 3-7

Customer Reviews

simplysa ,

100/5 Stars!

This book is truly amazing, I have never felt so intrigued by a story and all of the amazing detail and descriptions. I also might add that this is my favorite book in the series so if you are looking at reviews right now to see if you should get the book get it! ( though if you haven’t read the other books in the series I would read those first.) I give this book a hundred million stars please read it you won’t regret it and you’ll b begging for the next book once you finish it.

Lonewolf2007 ,


Great book for fantasy people

Cupcakeglitterdragon ,

Least Favorite of the Series

I love Keeper of the Lost Cities. I have for years now. However, Flashback fell short of the books that came before it. There were several times throughout this book that I had to stop and wonder if I was reading an actual book or a well written fanfic.

The first few hundred pages were extremely hard to get through. The book is very boring up until about the 500th page. This book took me more than a week to get through. I read every other book in this series in a day. I know Shannon can write fantastic books, but this is not one of them.

I'm also tired of Sophie getting so many body guards. What is with that? At this point there are so many body guards I'm having trouble keeping track of which belongs to which character. It's really annoying. Besides, it seems to me like Shannon doesn't want Sophie to solve anything. Her body guards barely allow her to do anything.

Also, with this book, the plot of the overall story isn't moved forward at all. This really just seems like a filler to me. Other than the Alicorn babies being born, nothing really happens at all. I feel like this book save for the alicorns being born could be completely cut out of the series and nothing would happen. The end changes things up a bit, but it just feels like Shannon copied the end of one of her previous books and switched a few names around to me.

As usual with Keeper books, the main characters barely do anything. This is a problem that I have always had with this series. Their solution in this book is to train more. That is it. That's literally all they do. At this point, I feel like the Blackswan beating the Neverseen is completely unrealistic. I already sort of felt like that, but this fanfic of a published book sort of just cemented that for me.

I found this entire book very lazy. There was no plot to it at all. The fandom loves this series, so I feel like Shannon could make the next book a seed catalogue and people would rave about how much they love it. Writing a book with 90% filler chapters, though, is so lazy. I was very annoyed with the way this book went.

In addition, Dex, Biana, Lihn, and even Keefe this time barely got any page time, as usual. See, everyone has known that Dex is always getting left out by now, and most of us are very irritated by that. Shannon never seems to give him more parts, though. At this point, though, Dex isn't the only one being left out. Biana was barely present the entire time, and most of the time when she was in the book it was because she had snuck in using her vanishing ability. There was no excuse as to why she wasn't in the book, either.

Dex, once again, was largely forgotten for the story. The part with Tinker a few hundred pages in was kind of neat, but it seems to me like Shannon created Tinker simply to get Dex out of the way. I feel like it was a lame excuse so that she could go back to writing without using an amazing character like Dex. It was almost as if it was so that she could say, "See? There's a reason he wasn't in this one that much." I was really hoping for Dex to be in this book more, but of course he wasn't.

I felt a bit as though I might be being harsh on this book, so I asked my friend who also loves the series her opinion on Flashback. She said pretty much everything that I did. It also took her much longer to read this one than it did the others. I was glad that someone else shared my opinions considering that there is only one other actually critical review on here. All of the five star rated reviews were mostly posted before the book came out. There's a reason for that.

Overall, I am very frustrated with this book. I don't think it was a very good story and it's actually made me less excited for book eight. Last year I could not wait for the seventh book to come out. This year, Flashback has me so underwhelmed that waiting for the next book doesn't matter to me at all. I'm giving this two stars instead of one because overall I love the series and Shannon is a good author even if I think this book is a dud in the series.

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