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Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen is the 4th book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. The release date was November 3rd, 2015.
Sophie Foster is on the run–but at least she's not alone! Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shady organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. As they settle into their new lives with the Black Swan, they uncover secrets far bigger than theirs, proving that the rebels are far from done, and might unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.
Sophie stumbled backward, scrambling closer to her friends as a cage of neon yellow flames erupted all around them.
Heat licked across her skin and smoke choked her lungs while the Neverseen moved forward, their black cloaks gone, disguises abandoned.
There would be no more hiding.
The Neverseen shouted insults and warnings that Sophie tried to focus on, but her mind was too fixated on other words.
The last word made it impossible to look one of the figures in the eye.
Sophie was done with all of it.
She reached for her pendant—the sign of the swan carved into cold black metal curled around a piece of smooth glass.
She still didn’t fully understand the reason the Black Swan had given it to her. But she knew enough of its power to realize it was their best chance.
She held the glass into the fading rays of sunset, letting the searing beam of white light refract toward the flames of Everblaze.
It was time to fight fire with fire.
The story starts off with Sophie, Keefe, Fitz, Dex, and Biana getting ready to run away and join the Black Swan. As Alden helps them remove all the accessories, such as registry pendants and nexuses that could give away their identity or help track them down, and they get ready to leave, they are greeted by Councillor Oralie who gives Sophie a cache from Kenric - something that holds the darkest secrets of the Council that they want to forget. Once they teleport to Florence and eat some gelato, they make it to the Black Swan with Mr. Forkle's help. On the way, they discover Della, Biana and Fitz's mother, has been with them all along, invisible because of her ability (Vanisher).
They are introduced to where they will be living during their stay and are taken to the Black Swan's Collective where Sophie receives her memory of the Boy Who Disappeared, with the help of Fitz because they are revealed to be Cognates - Telepaths with a special connection. After the memory is discovered to be useless, Sophie returns to her tree house and meets Calla, a gnome who helped with Project Moonlark.
The next day, Sophie and Fitz train as Cognates (with Granite) and Sophie tried to teach Fitz how to communicate with Silveny, which turned out to be a success. The next morning, she is woken up by Dex who reveals that he found a way to hack into the Council's archives to find out who the Boy Who Disappeared is. Mr. Forkle finds them, accompanied by the rest of the Collective. He makes them promise not to pursue the hacking, giving Dex a way to help them and improve his Technopath skills.
The following day, the five are training when Sophie almost reveals to Fitz that she likes him. She is interrupted by Keefe and does not tell Fitz. After this, Calla runs in and explains a situation about two gnomes watching over the Neutral Territories who have spotted members of the Neverseen. The gnomes explain that they saw Lady Gisela injured and Sophie and Fitz look into their memories to confirm it. Keefe is devastated when told they can't go after his mother.
For the next day or two, Keefe is furious and sad, not making an appearance for any of their meals. Sophie cheers him up one night later by having a "window sleepover" with him. The next morning, Calla wakes her up and takes her and Biana to the Neutral Territories to investigate the plague. They are attacked by a Psionipath member of the Neverseen and Biana saves them.
Mr. Forkle takes Sophie and Keefe to visit Gethen, a member of the Neverseen who they have captive. Mr. Forkle extracts some information from him while Gethen taunts Keefe and the three return. Keefe, now extremely frustrated, begs for fathomlethes. His wish is granted and he leaves to the tree house to search for answers.
The five, along with Della and the Collective, go to Exile to get Prentice back, during which they are found by the Council. Fitz is attacked by an arthropleura and gets extremely hurt. The Black Swan and Council negotiate, and upon realizing that Sophie has Kenric's cache, the Councillors grudgingly agree to let the Black Swan members go, though Sophie, Dex, Biana, Fitz, and Keefe are all sent to Exilium. They also agree to do a prisoner exchange: the Black Swan give the Council Gethen and the Councillors allow them to have Prentice back.
While Fitz heals (and everyone, including Keefe, finds out about Mr. Snuggles), Mr. Forkle reveals to Sophie that he was Sir Astin. When they finally get a chance to check on Prentice, his mind is empty and Sophie says, "Prentice is gone."
Edaline comes to visit the Black Swan and drops off Iggy, who Biana offers to take care of. Edaline helps Sophie hide the cache in the void she can only access by saying specific words (221B Baker Street) with her voice.
As Fitz continues to slowly heal, Sophie helps Keefe with the memories, as he has gone a bit crazy. Calla leaves Alluveterre (where they are staying). Sophie walks in on Tiergan, Magnate Leto, and Wylie trying to work with Prentice. Fitz finally heals.
The five get ready to go to Exillium when Sophie figures out she is actually fourteen by Elvin standards because elves count their age from inception instead of birth. In Exillium, they undergo rigorous training (Sophie starts a fire during the initiation) and meet twins their age- Linh and Tam Song. Sophie helps make the cold Exillium much more friendly and also gets a message from Silveny saying she's pregnant.
Sophie and Fitz continue to train as Cognates with Mr. Forkle, this time doing emotional exercises with the help of Keefe. They manage to make it past Mr. Forkle's blocking and figure out that Mr. Forkle has been planning to ask Lord Cassius to join the Black Swan, making Keefe incredibly upset. Calla finds out that the Council already knew about the plague and never warned the gnomes, thus making her devastated.
The five disguise themselves and return to the Lost Cities, where they find out that Fintan had actually survived the Everblaze that wiped out Eternalia. They work with Alvar to go to Ravagog and find the cure from the plague from King Dimitar, finding out it was a bust the whole time. With Linh's help, they all escape in one piece. It is revealed that Alvar has been a part of the Neverseen for a while, and was The Boy Who Disappeared all along.
The five are unbanished and granted a reentrance to their families and Foxfire. As they reunite and break the news to the Vacker family, Calla reveals the devastating news. To create the Panakes blossom, she will have to turn into the tree herself.
Once Calla transforms, something seems to be off with Keefe. While he and Sophie are talking, she asks where he is going, and he gives a generic answer. But when he pulls out a yellow crystal, Sophie grabs onto him as he leaps, and she is taken to a meeting where it is revealed that Keefe is going to join the Neverseen. Begging for her to listen to him and get out, Keefe mimics Sophie's voice to give up Kenric's cache to the Neverseen in return to let Sophie escape using a necklace he gave her. She returns and tells Mr. Forkle and Granite the news and they reveal themselves to be Magnate Leto and Tiergan respectively. The story ends with Magnate Leto saying, "As of this morning, Prentice is awake."