Nightfall: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6

Book review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Teen elves face cosmic peril, crushes in epic installment.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

This is a fantasy story, but there's a bit of science: The elves try to save endangered species; plant biology is important to the plot.

Positive Messages

Strong messages of friendship, family, and courage in the face of terrifying dangers, and making the most of your particular talents. Also, humor and fun make things better.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Besides Sophie herself, who at 14 not only has to save the world but also decide which of two guy friends she likes best, most of her teen friends get a moment to shine in this installment, using their powers where they're most needed, and often at great cost to themselves. Some adults are extremely evil villains, but others are kind, loving, supportive -- and capable of changing their minds when they realize they're wrong.

Violence

Physical and mental violence, from magically enhanced combat to destroying people's sanity and wiping their minds, are a constant presence in the story -- as are related ethical angst and difficult choices. Elvin healing powers go a long way to restoring mortally injured characters, but there's still a lot of trauma and loss. Also coming to light: villainous elves' plans to torture and kill the human race.

Sex

One kiss -- which serves to demonstrate that the couple involved has no chemistry. Several teens struggle with unrequited crushes and/or romantic confusion about, say, which of two boys a girl likes best. Some adults are in happy relationships, while others are estranged from their spouses, some by misunderstanding and others by malice.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Use of sedatives and power-enhancing brews. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nightfall, the latest doorstop-size installment in Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series, will keep young readers busy for days as they wend through 800 pages of exciting adventures in the elvin world. As in previous books, plenty of dark forces are afoot, and there's danger, magical and physical violence (from magically enhanced combat to destroying people's sanity and wiping their minds), and loss -- all the more compelling here because it's Sophie's human parents who've fallen into the villains' hands. But in between cosmic crises and world-saving, the teen characters also struggle with awkward crushes, family problems, and life lessons. There are a few references to pee and poop, often of the sparkly unicorn variety, and some fart humor. Plenty of positive messages about friendship, family, and doing the right thing even when it's really hard.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykyriad December 26, 2017

Communication is key

I loved Nightfall. As a parent I'm thrilled to see the increasing emphasis in the these books for child to adult, adult to child, and friend to friend comm... Continue reading
Adult Written byRachel W. March 18, 2018

(review from 9 1/2 year old follows)

If you are good at sorting fact from fiction then this is the book for you!!! But if you are more sensitive and get scared of things like, Harry Potter or Star... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byKeeper November 25, 2017

Can't Wait!!

I got this book last night and am on page 467. I cannot stop!! I love all the love drama that Shannon has included, and can't wait to see who Sophie ends u... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTamshofed November 17, 2017

Best book ever!

This book is like the best book ever at first when I saw the first book at the store I was like this looks so boring but this is seriously the exact meaning of... Continue reading

What's the story?

As NIGHTFALL opens, 14-year-old Sophie Foster and her elvin friends face many challenges in their ongoing cosmic conflict with the Neverseen, whose sinister agenda is wreaking havoc in both the elf and human worlds. Worse yet, the villains have kidnapped and imprisoned Sophie's human parents, and the elf kids have taken Sophie's human sister to their world for protection. Meanwhile, friend Keefe's murderous mom tries to convince them to cooperate with her plans, a new monstrous villain and her plans come to light, and there's deadly magic and warfare aplenty. In the midst of all this, there's romantic tension as bad-boy Keefe and Mr. Perfect Fitz vie for Sophie's affection, and other kids deal with unrequited crushes.

Is it any good?

Fans of Sophie Foster are in for 800 pages of cosmic conflict, magical adventure, and relationship issues as the brave and talented elvin kids rush to rescue Sophie's human parents from villains. There's one big surprise involving a recurring character, and the teens' harrowing adventures trying to solve the mystery of Nightfall give each kid a chance to shine. Ogre princess Ro almost steals the show, and some new characters are welcome additions. And there's more to come in the next installment ...

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the responsibility of using your talents wisely and well in Nightfall. What does someone with unusual powers have to consider when deciding whether to use them?

  • A recurring theme in this series is how the elves are horrified at much human behavior, but they do things humans find just as horrifying. In our world, where many people think and behave differently, what's the best way to find common ground and get along? Or should we even try?

  • What other stories do you know about Atlantis? Why do you think it's been such a popular theme for all these centuries?

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