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This article is about the unreleased ninth KOTLC book. You may be looking for Book 8.5: Unlocked.


On May 22nd, 2020, Shannon Messenger announced that there will be a ninth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

It has been scheduled to release in the fall of 2022, with no official date yet. The previous book is Unlocked, which was released on November 17, 2020.[1]

It will most likely include a Short Story, as three past books (Nightfall, Flashback, and Legacy) have, but a Short Story has yet to be confirmed. Shannon somewhat confirms in an interview that both of Sophie's biological parents would be revealed by the tenth book.

What We Know[]

  • New art will be released with the coming of this book.
  • Shannon Messenger's contract only lasts until book 9, but she can always renew it, so this may not be the last book in the series.
  • Shannon hinted in an interview that she didn't think she'd be able to wrap up the series in only one more book, so there most likely will be a Book 10, although no official contract had been drawn up. So, it looks like book 10 might be the last book in the series. [2]
  • Book 9 will come out in Fall 2022. [3]
  • Jason Chan will be creating the cover art, as he has in the previous books.
  • Karin Paprocki will be designing the cover, as she has in previous books.
  • This book is taking Shannon Messenger longer to write than the other books, since she now has a baby to take care of. [4]

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