|This article is about Book 2: Exile. You may be looking for Exile, the underground prison.|
Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile is the second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series written by Shannon Messenger. The release date was October 1, 2013. The cover shows Sophie and Keefe standing before Silveny the Alicorn.
Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny—the first female Alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities—her life finally seems to be coming together.
But Sophie's kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group hiding secrets for her, she's forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger.
In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must journey to the darkest corners of her luminous world, exile, in a sequel that will leave you laughing and crying at the same time.
Sophie is, as usual, out on a dangerous journey with high stakes, where people she love may be on the line, not to mention her friendship with the Vackers. Will she be able to save everyone before it is too late?
Sophie's hands shook as she lifted the tiny green bottle. One swallow held life and death—and not just for her.
Her eyes focused on the clear, sloshy liquid as she removed the crystal stopper and pressed the bottle to her lips. All she had to do was tip the poison down her throat.
But could she?
Could she give up everything to set things right?
Could she live with the guilt, otherwise?
The choice was hers this time.
No more notes.
No more clues.
She’d followed them to this point, and now it came down to her.
She wasn’t the Black Swan's puppet anymore.
She was broken.
All she had left was trust.
The events of Exile are primarily focused around three things: Alden's mind break, Sophie's malfunctioning abilities, and Silveny.
The first break of Alden's mind happens when he and Sophie are in Exile after doing a mind break on Fintan. Alden sees Prentice's cell and his mind breaks from guilt. Sophie is able to bring him back. Later, however, his mind breaks again while watching the Elite Dedication, which included Wylie. Fitz and Biana blame Sophie since she was his guide. Later, Alden is healed after Sophie's abilities are healed, and the Vackers apologize for their actions.
During the events of the book, Sophie is having various problems with her mind and her abilities. For example, Councillor Bronte is able to inflict on her, light in her eyes gives her migraines, and Fitz is able to transmit to her loudly without issue. It is later discovered that this was the result of her fading at the end of the previous book; some of the light had bonded with her mind's impenetrable barrier and created a gap that things liike infliction and transmissions could slip through. Mr. Forkle heals her abilities by having her drink an ounce of limbium; the limbium would have killed her because of her allergy if he hadn't also given her a shot of human medicine.
Silveny is discovered in the opening chapters of the book, and Sophie is responsible for preparing her to enter the Sanctuary. It's discovered that Silveny can transmit to Sophie even when she tries to block her, and she helps Sophie sleep by sending her soothing memories. Later in the book, Silveny is flown on to where Sophie's mind is healed by Sophie and Keefe. After the healing, members of the Neverseen attack and leave all of them injured; it is worried that she may never fly again, but she does at the Celestial Festival, where she enters the Sanctuary.
The book closes after The Celestial Festivel; Alden's and Sophie's minds are healed and Silveny has been successfully rehabilitated.