Middle-Grade AudioBook Review: Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2) by Shannon Messenger

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Middle-Grade AudioBook Review: Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2) by Shannon Messenger

by Shannon Messenger
Middle-Grade AudioBook Review: Exile (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2) by Shannon MessengerExile Length: 14 hours
Narrator: Caitlin Kelly
Series: Keeper of Lost Cities #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 5, 2014
Source: Audible
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, JUVENILE FICTION / General, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Pages: 592
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Format: Audiobook
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A New York Times bestselling series
A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal–winning series

Sophie befriends the mythical Alicorn and puts her mysterious powers to the test in this enchanting second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie is settling in nicely to her new home and her new life in the world of the lost cities. And it helps that living at Havenfield means getting to spend time with rare, precious species—including the first female Alicorn, who shows herself to Sophie and trusts no one but her.

Sophie is tasked with helping to train the magical creature so that the Alicorn can be revealed to the people of the lost cities as a sign of hope, and Sophie wants to believe that the recent drama and anguish is gone for good.

But the secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memories remain, and before long before she’s back in incredible danger, risking everything to find the answers to questions that could save not only her life, but the life of someone close to her…



Exile is the second book in the keeper of lost cities series. Sophie discovers an alicorn which is significantly rated and very important to the survival of the elven race. Sophie also learns she is broken, and the black swan is trying to teach her how to fix herself, and ultimately by doing so, she can help others who are otherwise lost forever. Sophie struggles for the first part of this book with the PTSD of being captured and is tortured with headaches and lack of sleep. I found it intriguing all the little bit of clue figuring out that the black swan leaves for Sophie and the heart-wrenching trama of what transpires with characters when their minds are broken. A great second book. Exile is where I read so far in the series multiple times, so I am determined to continue with the rest of the books.

About Caitlin Kelly

Caitlin has a youthful, bubbly quality to her voice. High energy and full of character.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Caitlin moved to New York City to pursue her theatrical training at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has a BFA in Drama and studied musical theatre at CAP21.

Caitlin has been working in voice over since 2009. She got started in VO while living in Tokyo, Japan. Caitlin is currently in her 6th season touring Japan with Disney’s World of English and World Family Club as a performer.

Caitlin has had the distinguished honor to premier new work from Alan Menken and Sir Tim Rice through their charitable efforts for the Shine On! Foundation in Japan.

As an audiobook narrator, Caitlin has won Earphones from Audiofile Magazine and a 2018 Audie Award nomination for her work on New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Caitlin has worked with Hachette Audio, Audible Studios, MacMillan Audio, Brilliance Audio, Harper Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Dreamscape Audio, and Tantor Audio. She has accent proficiency in Standard American, American (Southern, NY), British RP, British (London, Bristol), Irish, French, and Russian. Caitlin is conversational in Japanese and has studied Spanish and French.

Caitlin can be heard on ads for McDonald’s, Lion, Seiyu Department Stores (owned by WalMart), Bennesse, NHK and Asahi Productions Heroes: Legends of the Battle Discs as “Mascot.” Caitlin was the principle voice of “Sho-kun” in NHK’s Kiso Eigo 1 in 2012. She has worked extensively in animation for children and children’s education working in 2011 on the National English program for grades 4 & 5 for the Japanese Government and the Minister of Education. Caitlin currently voices for TIME Magazine, TIME for Kids, and smashd.co, and Forbes.com.

Caitlin works from her home studio in Tokyo, Japan.

About Shannon Messenger

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 television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She’s the NYT 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 languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats