| Spoiler warning!|
This article contains plot details from the latest books.
“I'd rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one the rest of my life.”
—Sophie Foster, in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Sophie Elizabeth Foster is the main protagonist in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. She is 15 years old in the Elvin world, as stated in Book 8: Legacy. She has attended Foxfire Academy, the only noble school in the Lost Cities, for levels two (Keeper of the Lost Cities), three (Exile, Everblaze, Lodestar, and Nightfall), and four (Flashback, Legacy). She temporarily attended Exillium in Neverseen with Fitz, Dex, Keefe, and Biana. She is allergic to limbium. She, after Grady and Edaline Ruewen adopted her, did not take Ruewen as her last name.
Sophie Elizabeth Foster is described as very pretty, a natural trait of elves. She has wavy blonde hair that reaches just past her shoulders. Her eyes are a warm brown with flecks of gold, because of her alicorn-based DNA. As of Exile, she has a star-shaped scar on the back of her right hand.
Sophie also has a Wanderling, a remnant from her falsely assumed death in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities. It has golden leaves that cover the branches and dark brown seedpods. It is a plain, basic tree with no flowers or colors. Sophie believed that it was because of her malfunctioning DNA.
Photo 1: Sophie in Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Photo 2: Sophie in Neverseen by Courtney Godbey
Photo 3: Sophie in Lodestar by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 4: Sophie in Lodestar by Shannon Messenger
Photo 5: Sophie in Lodestar by Shannon Messenger
Photo 6: Sophie in Nightfall by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 7: Sophie in Nightfall by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 8: Sophie in Nightfall by Shannon Messenger
Photo 9: Sophie and Silveny in Flashback by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 10: Sophie and Fitz in Flashback by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 11: Sophie and Keefe in Flashback by Laura Hollingsworth
Photo 12: Sophie and Ella by Shannon Messenger
Photo 13: Sophie on the cover of Keeper of the Lost Cities by Jason Chan
Photo 14: Sophie on the cover of Exile by Jason Chan
Photo 15: Sophie on the cover of Everblaze by Jason Chan
Photo 16: Sophie on the cover of Neverseen by Jason Chan
Photo 17: Sophie on the cover of Lodestar by Jason Chan
Photo 18: Sophie on the cover of Nightfall by Jason Chan
Photo 19: Sophie on the cover of Flashback by Jason Chan
Photo 20: Sophie on the cover of Legacy by Jason Chan
Photo 21: Sophie with Grady and Edaline by Laura Hollingsworth
- Special Sophieflake
- Mysterious Miss F
- Ultimate Splotching Champion
- Girl Who Dropped Bronte on His Grumpy Butt
- Lady Lectures-a-lot
- Little Miss Heartbreaker 
- The Foster of Many Floods
- Agnes McWeenie
- Brave Moonlark
- Foster Grumpypants
- Captain Mood Swing
- Lady Fos-Boss
- Miss Go-Getter
- Lady Marshmallow Hands
- Miss Dramatic
- Lady Sophie the Reluctant
- Captain Sophie
- Master Sophie
- Foster the Great
- Lady Sophie the Great
- Lady Sophie
- Little Miss Negativity
- Lovely Lady Foster
- Girl Who Got Kicked Out of the Nobility
- The Droolmonster
- The Girl Who Was Taken
- Lady Fos-Boss
- The Adorable Queen of Obliviousness
Personality and Traits
Sophie is first depicted as a lonely and shy girl, a 12-year-old among high school seniors. She was an outcast in the Forbidden Cities because she was incredibly intelligent, often called a know-it-all because of it. Her outstanding grades and photographic memory annoyed her human peers. Because of this, she often wore dull colors, like black or grey, and had very low self-esteem. Too much attention still makes her uncomfortable in the Lost Cities. At first, Sophie had a hard time accepting the fact that she was an elf, but this did not deter her curiosity. She always wants to learn more about the Elvin world and gets frustrated when others don't tell her what she wants to know.
Sophie's most prominent trait is her protectiveness and willingness to help her friends, even if it harms herself. Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities showed this when she nearly faded away escaping the Neverseen because she wrapped all her concentration around Dex. She is headstrong and brave. Even if something seems dangerous, she always wants to help, especially when her friends and family are involved. Sophie often doubts herself and sometimes needs reassurance to boost her self-confidence. She has a habit of tugging on her "itchy" eyelashes when she is nervous. She often cries when she's frustrated, usually on her friends' shoulders. She also has a high guilt level. Her adoptive family is very supportive and understands her feelings. She is described as 'mysterious' by Keefe Sencen.
Sophie doesn't enjoy wearing fancy clothes because she believes it brings attention towards her, although many compliment her when she does. After manifesting as an Enhancer, she started dressing more like Biana to camouflage the gloves she had to wear (though, she was given the option in Book 7: Flashback, to not wear gloves at all, because of the gadget that Tinker, that Black Swan's Technopath invented for her, just to be safe.)
Sophie is also very determined, refusing to give up despite any situation. A prime example would be her constant attempts to contact Fitz in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities after the Neverseen kidnapped her, despite their threats.
Sophie, as of Legacy, is a Telepath, Inflictor, Polyglot, Teleporter, and Enhancer. She is most likely the most powerful known elf in the Lost Cities. Yet, the books hint that she might have more undiscovered abilities. Even though it is not a special ability, Sophie also has a powerful photographic memory. She can perform brain pushes, transforming mental energy into physical energy. She can also speak to animals telepathically.
Sophie has been able to read minds since she was five. Mr. Forkle, the "leader" of the Black Swan (though, it is believed that he is the leader of Project Moonlark, not the Black Swan), activated the ability when she was unconscious after hitting her head. Many consider her the most powerful Telepath in the Elvin world. She is able to communicate telepathically incredible distances, even while injured and sedated. She is also the only elf who can safely enter and heal a broken mind. Sophie can also read the minds and hear the thoughts of animals, unlike any other Elves. She later teaches Fitz how to do this. She can use her abilities to pinpoint others' exact locations, which she first realized while playing a game of base quest at Everglen. Her Foxfire mentor is Tiergan; before that, Mr. Forkle trained her mind while she was asleep. Mr. Forkle is the only elf that Sophie cannot read the mind of. Even the most powerful, well-trained Telepaths cannot block her from reading their minds. Only Mr. Forkle and Fitz Vacker can read her thoughts. They have a unique code that allows them to bypass Sophie's blocking subconsciously. Though Sophie does not know what they transmit, we know that Fitz transmits "It's me" (revealed in Book 7: Flashback Fitz short story). Fitz and Sophie are also cognates.
Sophie showed signs of being a Polyglot while she was escaping her kidnappers in the first book. Mr. Forkle triggered the ability after rescuing them. She then spoke to someone in French without realizing it, and Dex recognized that it was a different language. Although some think that she was a Polyglot from the beginning of Book 1, she was not. Elves speak the Enlightened Language from birth, which is why she said "Suldreen" (moonlark) as a baby (mistaken for "Soybean" by her parents). Alden told her that being a Polyglot would help her in Multispeciesial Studies, a Foxfire subject. This ability is also why she takes Linguistics, an Elite class. She struggles with Mimicking, though, an important skill in Linguistics. After Keefe used Mimicking to give Kenric's cache to the Neverseen in Book 4. Her Linguistics instructor is Lady Cadence.
Sophie has this ability because of the Black Swan's tweaking of her genes. The first time she used the ability (other than the time she inflicted on Amy) was when she made her kidnappers fall to the ground in pain in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities. She can harness her emotions by imagining them as thick strings that she keeps tied in a mental knot beneath her ribs. She can inflict both positively and negatively. Normally, Inflictors can only inflict negative emotions, but because of the tweaks made to her DNA, which was loosely based on an alicorn's, she can inflict positive emotions as well. She can bring people's minds back from a mental break by inflicting positive emotions. Her instructor is Councillor Bronte, who was previously the only registered Inflictor in the Elvin world. Then in Book 8: Legacy she undergoes another limbium dose (an Elvin substance which she is deathly allergic to) to reset her inflicting and enhancing, hence making them both more powerful. After she completed the treatment, she can inflict on a specific person or people, so she doesn't take down everyone around her when she inflicts. Now her inflicting comes out of her forehead in a lightning-like red and pink beam, as shown on the cover of Legacy.
Sophie also has a photographic memory, helped her excel academically in her human schools. When Sophie sees something, she can remember it in her mind exactly how she saw it in vivid detail. She uses her photographic memory for the memory log that Alden gave her, which keeps track of different moments for her to reference. She projects her memory onto the pages and often finds hidden messages in them when she looks closely at them. This ability helps Sophie a lot in classes such as The Universe, as she has the stars memorized. It also allows her to remember information the Black Swan planted in her mind while she was living in the human world.alicorns in her genes, Sophie can teleport like Silveny, Greyfell, and, presumably, the baby alicorns, Luna and Wynn. Sophie is the only known elf who can teleport. When teleporting, Sophie must build momentum by falling from a high place, such as a cliff, or by levitating and then dropping, and, in Legacy, she gained the ability to enter the void by sprinting. After entering the void, all she has to do is imagine the place she'd like to go to and she will fall through the sky and out of the void to it. Sophie cannot teleport through anything solid (underground, such as Exile, into buildings, or into the Sanctuary, which is located in a mountain range). In Legacy, it is found out that she can teleport while building momentum and running quickly; she doesn't need to jump off a cliff. This might be due to an exercise she does with Councillor Oralie or an observation made by Keefe when comparing Luna and Wynn’s teleportation to hers.
Sophie can enhance, or temporarily improve, someone's energy and ability. Her body builds up energy in her fingertips and releases it through physical contact. This requires her to wear gloves whenever in public, so she doesn't accidentally boost someone's energy. Dex once attempted to give Sophie crush cuffs with a force-field that prevents the need for gloves, but she declined.
In Book 7: Flashback, Tinker invents a gadget attached to Sophie's fingernails to block her Enhancing. She can turn on and off this effect by simply tapping her fingernails together. Mr. Forkle informed her that there is no way for her to lock it at any time, placing her in a precarious position because an enemy could force her to turn off the force field and enhance them; however, she took the risk anyway because of the advantages the fake nails presented. This ability is not a result of her genetic modification, and it is stated that Mr. Forkle decided not to include this ability in her genetic code because of the risk it presents. Sophie may have never manifested this ability if Mr. Forkle hadn't triggered it in Lodestar.
In Legacy, she resets her enhancing and inflicting abilities with another dose of limbium. They become much stronger than they were before and she needed to wear multiple pairs of gloves, along with her usual fingernail gadgets, so she didn't enhance anyone. Edaline, Livvy, Biana, Dex, and Wylie all needed two pairs not to feel the effects of her enhancing. Stina needed three, Fitz and Mr. Forkle needed four, and Keefe needed six layers, although after all of that he still felt some of her energy. Mr. Forkle was convinced that if she wanted, she could find a way within herself to turn the enhancing off without any gadgets. After a freeing exercise with Councillor Oralie, she found that she can turn them on and off at her will.
Sophie seemed to have had a very strong relationship with her human family, and still has one with her younger sister. She cried when the time came for her to be separated from them and was depressed for a short time. Her human father is William David Foster (Connor Freeman), her human mother is Emma Iris Foster (Kate Freeman), and her sister is Amy Rose Foster (Natalie Freeman). When Sophie left for the Lost Cities, Washers relocated her human family and wiped all their memories of Sophie so they didn't have to think their daughter died. This is why they have new names.
At the end of Lodestar, Sophie thought her family might be in danger from the Neverseen, so she visited their new home. She realized that the Neverseen had already been there. The Neverseen had kidnapped her parents, but her sister had successfully hidden from them. Seeing Sophie and hearing her speak returned Amy's memories of Sophie.
In Book 6: Nightfall, Amy came to live with Quinlin Sonden and Livvy. She learned about the Lost Cities and became closer to Sophie. Sophie rescued her parents from the Neverseen, and their memories were again wiped by Washers, except for Amy, who was allowed to keep her memories on the condition that she would never mention the Forbidden Cities.Amy and Sophie don't see each other again until Book 8: Legacy when Mr. Forkle gives both of them a painful memory back. They try to spend time catching up but are rushed along so they can finish before Amy's parents come back.
Fitz and Sophie first met when he was sent on a mission to find her in the Forbidden Cities and bring her to the Lost Cities, and she has had a crush on him since then. Over time, the two of them grow to become close friends, relying on one another in near-death encounters. In Neverseen, they begin training to become Cognates. To do so, the two must put their trust in each other and share any secrets they previously kept to themselves. Fitz is also the only Telepath, besides Mr. Forkle, capable of reading Sophie’s mind. Sophie and Fitz are shown to have a close bond and can telepathically transmit to one another over vast distances.In Flashback, Sophie and Fitz finally admit to their crushes on one another, but they decide to hold off on a relationship until Sophie is ready for one. As of Legacy, the two have broken up over a disagreement. Later on, Fitz apologized for how he has hurt her, and they decide to halt their relationship until they can work their issues out.
Keefe and Sophie first met in the halls of Foxfire. Sophie was heading to the Healing Center and Keefe was ditching class. Since then, the two have been in detention together numerous times. Being an Empath, Keefe can feel Sophie's emotions much stronger than he can feel others', even when he is not in contact with her, like his father Lord Cassius. Keefe enjoys teasing and jokingly flirting with Sophie at times, even self-proclaiming himself as president of the 'Foster Fan Club.'
Instead of calling Sophie by her first name, Keefe frequently calls her by her last name, Foster, as well as often making comments about "Team Foster-Keefe." When the two, along with their friends, run off to join the Black Swan, Keefe reveals one of his biggest insecurities to Sophie, admitting that he hides behind jokes to cope with how he feels. It is how he deals with life. Sophie was the first and only person to see Keefe for who he actually is beneath all the jokes.
While staying at Alluveterre, Sophie was there for Keefe, helping him deal with the possibility of losing his mother. At the end of the book, Keefe gifted Sophie with a hand-painted beaded necklace he had originally made for his mother. Keefe joined the Neverseen after that.
Throughout Lodestar, Keefe and Sophie had telepathic check-ins every day where Keefe filled Sophie in on any important information regarding the Neverseen. She constantly pleaded with him to leave the organization, but he refused. At the end of the book, during the attack on Lumenaria, Keefe promised Sophie that he would always be there for her. This proved handy when things between Sophie and Fitz were tense and awkward, so she came to Keefe for moral support.In the Barnes and Noble Special Edition Short Story of Book 6: Nightfall, Keefe admitted that he had a crush on Sophie. Ro says that he "has it bad for her." Keefe tried to escape bed rest many times, and he even tried to escape just so he could know if Sophie was safe. He only felt slightly better when Elwin promised to give him an update on Sophie. While he was stuck on bed rest and Ro was destroying Candleshade, he dreamed about "golden flecked eyes". He also vowed to always be there for her as a friend until she was "ready for more". He also confirmed that there was a love square, not a triangle. This was before Sophie and Dex's awkward incident, so this information is not correct anymore.
Dex is Sophie's first and best friend, as stated in the books, although Biana also considers herself to be Sophie's best friend. Dex cares deeply about Sophie, and he often studies with her for their exams. He was with her when she was kidnapped and was also taken in the first book.
In the earlier books, he strongly disapproved of Sophie associating herself with Fitz and his family, claiming that they are a bunch of distrustful people and often referred to Fitz as "Wonderboy." Although Sophie ignored his warning and later learned that Biana only became friends with her because Alden ordered her to, Dex supported her despite their previous argument.
In Exile, Sophie tried to talk to him privately about their kidnapping because she felt that they were the only ones who could understand it. During the conversation, Dex admitted he kept quiet and didn't scream for help so that the kidnappers wouldn't hurt Sophie. When Sophie needed his help opening the gate to the Cliffside pasture, he came and helped despite his reluctance and fear. He was also with Sophie when they found Silveny, one of two alicorns in the world at the time. It is also mentioned that he came around to Havenfield and Sophie often roped him in to help her with her chores, such as washing the various animals at the pastures.
In Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities, his ability as a Technopath was revealed and Sophie comforted him about it, often reassuring him that it was a cool ability. In Book 3: Everblaze, he began working with the Council and building gadgets (or as he slipped up and said, "weapons"). When Sophie had been issued a punishment for entering the ogre king's mind, he was ordered to make her an ability restrictor, which was described as a circlet. Although he regretted listening to the Council, it still took time for Sophie to forgive him. When she was ambushed by Brant, he responded to her panic switch ring alert and took her circlet off even though it meant possibly being exiled. He joins her in running off to the Black Swan, showing his loyalty and friendship.
In Neverseen, their friendship was still a little bit complicated but she completely forgave him.
In Lodestar, all her friends gathered at his house, Rimeshire, for a sleepover to analyze scrolls and find out the Neverseen's secrets. Sophie commented on how nice his house was and they both blushed when the triplets teased them, screaming things like "DEX YOUR GIRLFRIENDS ARE HERE-AND THAT GUY THAT'S WAY COOLER THAN YOU!".
In Nightfall, Dex was absent for many chapters because of an "embarrassing" "incident" with Sophie. He had modified crush cuffs that had his name on them to act as restrainers for her Enhancing. He admitted that he'd had the crush cuffs since the last year when he was too scared to give them to her at midterms; she told him that it was very sweet. She kissed him to determine if either of them truly had feelings for each other. They did not and they departed as best friends. It confirmed that starting in the first book, Dex has liked Sophie as more than a friend.As of Flashback, Sophie and Dex remain best friends, and Dex has even begun to joke about his previous crush on Sophie, proving that he has moved on. Biana disliked Sophie at first, but they eventually grew to be friends. She first became friends with Sophie because her father made her (which Sophie found out via Stina), but as she got to know Sophie, Biana became a genuine friend of hers, even crying when Sophie was taken. Biana has proven herself to be a fierce and loyal friend to Sophie. Biana occasionally lends Sophie clothes, always saying she looks good in them. She has used her Vanishing ability to go on secret missions with Sophie. Calla, a gnome, could see her even when she Vanished, and Biana worked hard to try and find a way to hide from her. Eventually, she figured out the secret and made it impossible for any gnome to know if she's there or not. During Nightfall, Biana Vanished, knocking off Fintan's thinking cap so the rest of the group could take him on and taking on Vespera. She now has many scars all over the left side of her arms, neck, face, and back. She used to hide them with long sleeves but lets them show- especially when she wants to make a statement about how the Neverseen can't break her. In Legacy, Biana becomes part of Team Valiant with Sophie and is always ready to help Sophie in any way. Tam Song and his twin sister Linh in Neverseen, when they went to Exillium. Tam is a Shade, meaning he can manipulate shadows and darkness, read people's potential for darkness using a substance called shadowvapor, and may control shadowflux, even though he prefers not to practice it. He will not trust anyone until he has taken a said shadowvapor reading. Tam is rather cynical and extremely protective of Linh. He went to be with his sister after she was banished for flooding Atlantis. Tam has hinted that he likes Biana. In Flashback, he went to the Neverseen to take Umber's place in exchange for the antidote for the soporidine shot onto the alicorns, Silveny and Greyfell. At the end of Legacy, Tam returns from the Neverseen with Glimmer, whom he even invites to stay at his residency with his sister.
- LINH (good friend)
Sophie and Linh have been friends since the first moment they met and are incredibly loyal in their friendship, shown in Lodestar when Sophie defended the twins when confronting their parents, Quan and Mai Song. She seems slightly jealous of the admiration Linh has for Fitz, making her feel bad because she likes Linh. Linh is a Hydrokinetic, which is what caused all the floods that banished her to Exillium. When Sophie became an Enhancer, Linh often put distance between them, fearing that she might flood something again, but in Nightfall she used Sophie's Enhancing to save Atlantis.
- MARELLA (friend)
Marella is Sophie's friend and vice-versa. She and Sophie became friends in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities, but later, when Sophie started hanging out with the Vackers, Keefe, and Dex more, Marella felt left out and started hanging out with Stina. However, in Lodestar, Marella had her hidden ability triggered by Mr. Forkle and started spending more time with Sophie as she uses her abilities to help fight the Neverseen. Her family name is Redek, and she dislikes nicknames, telling Sophie in the first book, "My name's Marella. Not Mare. Not Ella. Marella." However, in Nightfall, Marella was brought back because she manifested as a Pyrokinetic and joined the Black Swan to help Sophie get her human family back. In Flashback, Marella helped Sophie and her friends fight off the baby trolls with her powers.Oralie is a Councillor who has constantly supported Sophie since Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities. She supports the Black Swan and is sometimes consulted in their decisions. She has helped Sophie with numerous projects, from getting her a visit with Gethen to fixing Exillium. She is one of Sophie's Councillor contacts for Team Valliant. In Legacy, Oralie was revealed to be Sophie's biological mother just after helping Sophie "fix" her Enhancing. After Sophie learns this, she gets very angry at Oralie for lying to her and avoids her, refusing to even think of Oralie by her name. However, Oralie's cache contains a secret that might be the only way to save Keefe. At the end of Legacy, they agree to work together on opening it.
- EDALINE (adoptive mother)
Edaline is a sensitive mother when it comes to Sophie being burnt by something, as her first daughter, Jolie, died in a fire. Sophie reminds her of Jolie, as she has said a few times, and that makes it a little painful to look at Sophie sometimes. She had a hard time adjusting to having Sophie in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities, but she eventually sees Sophie as her daughter. She is also known to be a great T-rex rider, as shown first in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities. Edaline is a Conjurer, like her late daughter, Jolie. Edaline also became very aware of Sophie's safety in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities and decides that she should not go into the pastures again to avoid getting hurt. After Sophie discovered that she and Grady were canceling her adoption, their relationship was very rocky to the point of Sophie never talking to them and ripping off the Ruewen crest on her cape. When Sophie saw Edaline and Grady in Jolie's old bedroom, she overheard part of their conversation and found it easier to try and forgive them. After Sophie was found and returned she decided to stay with them and become part of the family.Edaline is very supportive of Sophie's decisions, as stated in Flashback. She also often can't help but eavesdrop on Sophie and Fitz's conversations.
- GRADY (adoptive father)
- ALDEN (friend/father figure)
Alden is Fitz and Biana's father. Sophie almost always goes to him with problems and concerns and clues about the Black Swan, but she has kept some things from him, like the Spyball (she was afraid he would confiscate it, taking away her only access to her human family). Alden sent his sons on missions to find Sophie and had received a newspaper article leading him to Sophie. Sophie trusts him and he trusts her. In Exile, Alden asked Sophie to be his guide when he performed a memory break on Fintan. Sophie was very upset when Alden's mind was broken and she was determined to find a way to save him.
- MR. FORKLE (creator/mentor)
Mr. Forkle was Sophie's next-door neighbor in the Forbidden Cities. He was one of the main Elves involved with tweaking Sophie's DNA and triggered her Telepathy when she was five. He trained her mentally at night so she would be an exceptional Telepath. He became quite involved with Sophie's life after she joined the Black Swan (which is under his guidance). In Lodestar, Mr. Forkle died after being stabbed by Gethen in Lumenaria. Despite Sophie's protests, he said, "This is my swan song." He commanded her to live her own life, to not let grief break her, and he asked Keefe to help her. The castle in Lumenaria was destroyed, almost burying him and Councillor Oralie alive. He had told Oralie to "take care of my moonlark." When Sophie discovered "Mr. Forkle's" identical twin, she assumed that Mr. Forkle had not perished and had toyed with her emotions. When she learned about the brothers, she understood his decision and planted his tree. In Neverseen, he is revealed as both Sir Astin and Magnate Leto. He has confirmed that he officially has five identities as well.
(See also: Sophie and Mr. Forkle. Note: this page is about their unique telepathic bond, and is not a ship page.)
- Silveny (close friend)
Tiergan is very supportive of Sophie's Telepathy training. Despite his dislike for the Vacker family due to Prentice's memory break, he was the first to pair Sophie and Fitz together for Telepathy training because they worked so well together. Sophie calls on Tiergan when she's in need (like when Alden's mind broke) and trusts him with some of her worries. Tiergan was later revealed to be Granite, a leading member of the Black Swan's Collective.
- SANDOR (bodyguard/friend)
Sandor is a strong, stubborn goblin who was charged with taking care of Sophie after she was kidnapped. Though he has a prickly exterior, he has a good heart and cares about Sophie. He helps Sophie out during her investigations and does his best to protect her. His voice, according to Sophie, would better suit a bunny rabbit than a goblin bodyguard. In Lodestar, he was believed to have a crush on Grizel, which she returned. However, he refused her advances because he felt like he needs to be the best soldier possible and she hindered that. In Flashback, Grizel admitted she loved Sandor.
- CALLA (former friend and supporter) (Panakes)
Calla was a gnome and a member of the Black Swan and was a part of the team that created Sophie. She taught Sophie how to make Starkflower stew and liked to call Sophie her 'Brave Moonlark'. She was always there to calm Sophie. In Neverseen, she willingly became a Panakes tree to provide a cure for a plague affecting the gnomes. Afterward, Sophie hung out around the tree often and Dex gave Sophie a Panakes perfume to always remember Calla by. Later, Sophie got to know her great-niece, Flori, at Havenfield.
- JENSI (friend)
Jensi was the first guy at Foxfire to come and talk to Sophie. She likes him, but he doesn't hang out with her a lot because he feels a little left out when she is with the group. Jensi went back to the "drooly boys" and abandoned the main group eventually. Jensi was later seen at the training that the Exillium Coaches provided for every Lost City citizen, and he was in the Ambi Hemisphere with Sophie, Tam, and Linh.
- ELLA (comforting stuffed animal)
Ella is Sophie's beloved Hawaiian shirt-wearing blue stuffed elephant that she brought from the human world. Sophie cannot sleep without the bright blue elephant. Ella comforted Sophie when she had to leave her human family. (This may have led to her friends receiving other stuffed animals, such as Mr. Snuggles, Fitz's stuffed dragon, Mrs. Stinkbottom, Keefe's stuffed gulon, and Lady Sassyfur, Biana's stuffed yeti, who used to be named Betty-the-Yeti). In Nightfall it is mentioned that her sister Amy has a similar favorite toy, a stuffed bunny, Bun-Bun.
Bronte seemed to hate Sophie throughout the first few books but later became nicer to Sophie and more supportive. He is her Inflicting Mentor. In Legacy, Sophie had though Bronte was her biological parent because inflicting was very rare and Bronte was the only other Inflictor. Bronte has very clearly denied this proposition. He is one of Sophie's Councillor contacts for Team Valliant.
Kenric was another Councillor who has always been supportive of Sophie. He was also suspected to be Sophie’s biological father, and Mr. Forkle assured her that he was not. He was killed at Oblivimyre when Fintan ignited Everblaze to stop Sophie from searching for his memories.
- ELWIN (physician/supporter/friend)
Elwin is Foxfire's healer and has saved Sophie's life multiple times. He also loves animal-themed clothing and stuffed animals, and he has frequently given Sophie's friends stuffed animals. Towards the end of Legacy, he comforts Sophie when she's feeling upset about what happened to Keefe.
Sophie was originally an experiment by the Black Swan to acquire a new perspective by having an elf grow up with humans and then come to the Lost Cities. Mr. Forkle monitored her closely during this time and even handpicked her human family. They designed her to have as many strengths and as few weaknesses as possible. This is why she has so many abilities and also possibly why she has brown eyes.
The identity of her genetic parents was kept the secret from her for a long time, causing her to grow very frustrated with Mr. Forkle. Only in Book 8: Legacy was it revealed that Councillor Oralie is her biological mother. After this revelation, she stopped wondering who her biological father is. However, her DNA is not just from her parents. It was also modeled from alicorn DNA, which is why she can teleport and communicate telepathically with Silveny.
Books She Is Featured In
Sophie starts the book in the human world, but a mysterious boy (Fitz) comes and tells her she is actually an elf. Sophie then must leave her family and life behind and come to Foxfire, a school for elves.
The first part of the book sees Sophie finding an extremely rare Alicorn. Throughout the book, they develop a special connection. Silveny, the alicorn, accompanies Sophie and Keefe when they travel to the Black Swan's secret hideout later in the book. In the hideout, Sophie is finally fully healed from her mental "malfunction" she got when she faded away in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities.
Sophie becomes closer to the Black Swan in this book, having meetings with them. She discovers that Brant is her kidnapper and Jolie's murderer. The majority of Council turns against her after she tries to read the ogre king's mind. At the end of the book, she leaves with Dex, Biana, Fitz, and Keefe to go join the Black Swan.
In this book, Sophie and her closest friends from the Lost Cities go to join the Black Swan and find out about the Neverseen. The ogres, who have allied with the Neverseen, unleash a plague that infects the gnomes. They also discover that Alvar is a member of the Neverseen and that Fintan is alive.
In this book, Sophie and her friends return to the Lost Cities. Sophie struggles to maintain her relationship with Keefe, now that he joined the Neverseen to work as a double agent. Under the assumption Grady and Edaline are in danger, Sophie forgets she has another set of parents. Sophie takes a journey to the Forbidden Cities, only to find out her parents have gone missing. When Sophie discovers her sister hiding in a closet, she is forced to break the law and take Amy to the Lost Cities.
In this book, Sophie is on a mission to get her human family back. Her human sister, Amy, is hidden by her replacement guardians, Quinlin and Livvy. Sophie, with the help of her friends and the Black Swan and other unexpected members, go on the tough journey to gain back her family. They run into unimaginable beasts at the "second" Nightfall and a mysterious prisoner from Lumenaria.
In this book, Sophie is severely physically and mentally injured by the Neverseen; she gains four more bodyguards as a result and has training sessions with three of her five bodyguards. Fitz and Sophie confess their feelings to each other; Sophie decides to register for matchmaking because of it. She is, however, discovered to be unmatchable at the end of the book, because of her unknown genetics. She learns about troll hives and much happens because of it, including Silveny's twins being healthy.
In this book, Sophie becomes a part of Team Valiant and a Regent. She also visits Loamnore and tries to stop the dwarves from being attacked, although this goes awry. Sophie wants to find out who her biological parents are; after discovering Oralie is her biological mother, she decides to stop searching, which leads to her breakup with Fitz.
- The name “Sophie” means 'wisdom'.
- Some of her genes were modeled after those of alicorns, which is most likely why she has brown eyes and can track thoughts to their exact locations.
- She is the only elf who can teleport, quite possibly another side effect of her alicorn modeled genes.
- She has such strong emotions that they can be felt by some empaths without contact.
- She has manifested five abilities; she is a Telepath, Polyglot, Inflictor, Teleporter, and Enhancer, although more are hinted at.
- For a while, Shannon Messenger called Sophie Alexandra, which means "defender of mankind". Shannon originally believed that was what Sophie does, until realizing the name Sophie means "wisdom", which is what Sophie really does: gain wisdom and make everyone around her wiser.
- Agnes McWeenie is the original name Shannon Messenger gave to Sophie Foster. She said she originally wanted the name to sound dorky. She has stated this at many of her book signings.
- Sophie's human family (the Foster/Freeman family) had one pet before they were relocated: Marty (a cat) and one more after Watson (a dog).
- Sophie has visited the Healing Center a written 27 times by the end of Nightfall
- "Fine. I'm an elf. Am I supposed to help Frodo destroy the ring and save Middle Earth? Or do I have to make toys in the North Pole?" -Sophie Foster, Keeper of the Lost Cities
- "I'd rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one for the rest of my life." -Sophie Foster, Keeper of the Lost Cities
- "Let's go join the Black Swan!"-Sophie Foster, Everblaze
- “He’s not all bad. No one is. That’s what makes villains so scary. They’re not as different from us as we want them to be.” -Sophie Foster, Neverseen
- "What I'm trying to realize is it's okay to be different. If everyone were the same, we'd all make the same mistakes. Instead we face our own things, and that's not so bad because we have people who care about us to help us through."-Sophie Foster, Neverseen
- "So... I'm learning to focus on the things I can control, like who I blame. And who I trust. And who I want by my side-even if it means asking those people to risk their lives." -Sophie Foster, Flashback
- "I'm tired of being weak," -Sophie Foster, Flashback
- "Why do clothes never have enough pockets? There should always be lots of pockets... the more pockets, the better!" -Sophie Foster, Flashback
- "She was a girl with strange abilities and a different way of looking at the world. What she decided to do with these things was up to her."-Sophie Foster, Flashback
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger
Sophie is the main character of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series—a girl caught between two worlds, struggling to fit in and still live up to the complicated role she was created for. Her numerous abilities are shockingly powerful—especially for someone her age—and she tends to see things differently than everyone else, in large part because of her human upbringing. She’s also fierce and brave and never backs down from what she believes is right. And while she may have been an outcast among humans, in the Lost Cities she’s surrounded by friends and family, which is good because she also has some incredibly powerful enemies and needs all the help she can get.