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|imagecaption = Cover|Author = [[Shannon Messenger]]|Publication Date = November 1, 2016|Publisher = Aladdin|Previous Book = [[Book 4: Neverseen|Book 4: ''Neverseen'']]|Next Book = [[Book 6: Nightfall|Book 6: ''Nightfall'']]|Illustrator = [[Jason Chan]]}}
'''Lodestar''' is the fifth book in the [[Keeper of the Lost Cities: Series|Keeper of the Lost Cities series]] by [[Shannon Messenger]]. It was released on November 1, 2016. The cover shows [[Tam Song|Tam]], [[Fitzroy Avery Vacker|Fitz]], [[Sophie Elizabeth Foster|Sophie]], and a cloaked figure with the [[Neverseen]] symbol on the left arm.
== Synopsis ==
Dark schemes unfold—and [[Sophie]]'s loyalty is pushed to the limit—in this thrilling fifth book in the bestselling [[Keeper of the Lost Cities: Series|Keeper of the Lost Cities series]].
[[Sophie Foster]] is back in the [[Lost Cities]]—but the [[Lost Cities]] have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the [[Neverseen]] are wreaking havoc.
The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and [[Sophie]] is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.
A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the [[Black Swan]] aren’t the only ones who have plans. The [[Neverseen]] have their own Initiative, and if [[Sophie]] doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.
== Plot ==
What is the Lodestar Initiative? This name has been mentioned a couple of times in [[Keeper of the Lost Cities: Series|series]] now. Within this book, there are thrilling adventures, each with multiple game-changing events, the most prominent being Keefe joining and ditching the [[Neverseen]] (in a facade), [[Sophie]] and [[Edaline Ruewen|Edaline]] going to the [[Peace Summit]] and [[Mr. Forkle]] (a.k.a. [[Magnate Leto]] and [[Sir Astin]]), [[Brant]] dying, and many more threads that tie into the intricate plot. Will [[Sophie]] be able to beat the [[Neverseen]] or will they stomp out her efforts like every other time? She is growing stronger every day, her failures increasing her resilience, but will that really push back against this organization which is evidently constantly multiple steps ahead? With the help of the [[Black Swan]] and her friends, will she ever be able to live up to her potential?
=== Preface ===
''This is what they want.''
The words tumbled through [[Sophie]]’s mind as she raced up the spiral staircase, counting her steps, trying to guess which door to take.
The first handle she tried was locked.
Another opened into darkness.
A third revealed a path that glowed with eerie blue [[balefire]] sconces.
The floor shook as she hesitated and threads of dust slipped through the ceiling, scratching her throat and making it hurt to breathe.
She followed the flames.
Back and forth the halls snaked—a careful maze, designed to deceive. Swallow. Separate.
The tremors grew with every step, the shifting subtle but unmistakable.
And too far away.
No one else would feel the ripples swelling, like waves gathering speed.
They were too focused on their celebration.
Too caught up in their imagined victory.
Too trusting.
Too blind.
Too late.
The ground rattled harder, the first fissures crackling the stones.
''This is what they want.''
=== Summary ===
[[Keefe Sencen|Keefe]], Sophie's close friend and possible love interest, is acting as a double agent. He tries to discover the [[Neverseen|Neverseen's]] secrets and their two [[caches]], [[Fintan]] and [[Kenric|Kenric's]]. [[Sophie Elizabeth Foster|Sophie]] tries multiple times to pull him out of the [[Neverseen]], but he doesn't agree until very late in the book. He manages to steal the two caches but sacrifices his blood, an important key, in exchange.
<u>Key points:</u>
- [[Keefe Sencen|Keefe]] destroys [[Foxfire]] in order to prove his loyalty to the Neverseen but is careful that Sophie isn't harmed.
- A 'Lodestar' is found in both Prentice's mind (when Sophie searches his memories) and certain parts on different [[Neverseen]] hideouts and cloaks. (i.e. On a disk in Keefe's [[Neverseen]] cloak, one part of the Lodestar symbol is found. When he changes hideouts, the part of the Lodestar on the disk changes). It is revealed to be a map of all the different [[Neverseen]] hideouts. The code that is found from the area a [[Neverseen]] was in (Like the hideout Sophie went to when she was kidnapped) can go into the different lines of the lodestar.
- [[Alden Vacker|Alden]] and [[Fitzroy Avery Vacker|Fitz]] talk about [[matchmaking]].
- An [[Exillium]] camp is set up at the new Foxfire buildings. The book suggests they are preparing for a potential war. All elves, of every age, practice their skills. One such skill, [[Outward Channeling]], helps [[Gethen]] destroy [[Lumenaria]].
- Sophie, Biana and Fitz go to [[Rimeshire]] for a "slumber party" but end up doing some work half the night.
- [[Juline Dizznee]] is [[Squall]], a member of the Black Swan's collective.
- [[Wylie Endal|Wylie]] gets kidnapped for information about his [[Cyrah Endal|mother]] that he does not know
- Wylie's mother, [[Cyrah Endal|Cyrah]] was revealed to have been murdered, most likely by someone throwing off her concentration when she was leaping... and that someone was believed to be [[Lady Gisela]].
- [[Lady Gisela]] is revealed to have used [[Keefe Sencen|Keefe's]] blood to open a mysterious door which will probably be important in the future.
- [[Sophie Elizabeth Foster|Sophie]] has a "stressful" talk about boys with [[Grady Ruewen|Grady]] and [[Sandor]], revolving around [[Keefe Sencen|Keefe.]]
- [[Marella Redek|Marella]] probably has a [[Tam and Marella|crush]] on [[Tam Song|Tam.]] It says she gives him "her flirtiest smile".
- The parents of [[Tam Song|Tam]] and [[Linh Song|Linh]] are somewhat introduced in a particularly not-so-happy situation.
- [[Stina Heks|Stina]] manifests as an [[Empath]]
- [[Maruca]] is related to [[Wylie]] and her mom freaked out when [[Maruca]] told her about Wylie's condition after hearing it from [[Stina|Stina,]] who had eavesdropped on her parents. [[Maruca]] requests [[Sophie]] to convince the [[The Collective|Collective]] to allow her and her mom to visit [[Wylie Endal|Wylie.]]
- When visiting [[Gethen]], it is revealed that there is a second, unknown prisoner. This prisoner is most likely the one that escaped with the rest of the [[Neverseen]].
- [[Cyrah Endal|Cyrah]] was revealed to be working with the [[Neverseen]], reasons why are unknown in Lodestar.
- A band of rebel ogres ''(not under [[King Dimitar]])'' attacked [[Lady Cadence Talle|Lady Cadence]] when she was over at [[Havenfield]] and everyone else who was there. Only one managed to escape: the one who killed [[Brielle]]. Sophie was trying to get information out of [[Gethen]] with [[Mr. Forkle]], while [[Sandor]] waited outside when this happened. ([[Sophie Elizabeth Foster|Sophie]] and [[Mr. Forkle]] were the only people allowed to visit [[Gethen]] because they were the only people (other than [[Edaline Ruewen|Edaline]]) who were attending the [[Peace Summit]].)
- [[Sophie Elizabeth Foster|Sophie]] and her family go to [[Brielle|Brielle's]] funeral since Brielle is [[Grady Ruewen|Grady's]] bodyguard. We also get a description of the goblin city and [[Sandor|Sandor's]] house.
- [[Sandor]] most likely has a crush on [[Grizel]], who has long shown affection for him.
- [[Marella]] attempts to trigger her ability with Mr. Forkle's help. At the end of the book, it is unknown.
- Sophie gets a new [[:Category:ability|ability]], [[Enhancer]], which ables her to [[Enhancer|enhance]] others' [[:Category:Ability|abilities]] through touch, hence her gloves.
- When looking into the [[Lodestar Mirror]] (which reflects pure light) you also see the mirror opposite of that mirror. In the other mirror, which enlarges shadow, Tam tried to control the shadows and made a portal. When going through the portal, there is a mark in which allows you to go to all of the Neverseen's hideouts if you have a Shade.
- When Sophie, Tam, and [[Fitz]] accidentally go to a [[Neverseen]] hideout after discovering the symbol, they come upon Keefe, Alvar, Ruy, and Brant. [[Ruy Ignis|Ruy]] traps Fitz and Tam in a force field (scene on the cover), but Tam is able to break through using the shadows. After defeating them, Sophie, Tam, and [[Fitz]] take Alvar, Ruy, and Brant as a prisoner. Sophie urges Keefe to come with them, but refuses and takes Alvar and a [[Leaping Crystals|leaping crystal]] to [[Alluveterre]] in order to gain more trust.
- [[King Dimitar]] requests that the ogres leave the [[Elf-Ogre Treaty|treaty]] and that the rest leave them and their lands in peace. He also realized that the [[Neverseen|Neverseen's]] methods to get the Council's attention were useless, only bringing his people pain, and is not trustful of them anymore.
-<span> The [[Peace Summit]] was</span> held at was destroyed by the [[Neverseen]]. [[Gethen]], [[Fintan Pyren|Fintan]], [[Ruy Ignis|Ruy]] and an unknown prisoner, later revealed to be [[Vespera]], escaped. [[Brant]] died as his head was crushed.
- [[Mr. Forkle]] dies while trying to find [[Edaline Ruewen|Edaline]] and [[Oralie and Kenric|Oralie]] during the crumbling of Lumenaria.
- [[Sophie Elizabeth Foster|Sophie]] and [[Fitzroy Avery Vacker|Fitz]] almost kiss under Calla's Panakes but [[Keefe Sencen|Keefe]] interrupts and says he knows who the fourth cloaked figure was. [[Fitzroy Avery Vacker|Fitz]] says that he had to <nowiki>''step up his game'</nowiki> as an explanation.
<span>- Sophie at the end of the book finds her [[Foster (Freeman) Family|human]] sister, </span>[[Amy Rose Foster|Amy Foster/Natalie Freeman<span>.</span>]]<span> She visits her human home with </span>[[Fitzroy Avery Vacker|Fitz]]<span> and </span>[[Keefe Sencen|Keefe<span>,</span>]]<span> finding [[Amy Rose Foster|Amy]] in a closet. [[Sophie]] notices that she seems much older, but still recognizable.</span>
- The book ends with a cliffhanger.
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