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Unlocked: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 8.5

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Short tale, long reference volume best for super fans.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+


I thought it was a good book but I wished that the first part would have came out sooner so that people could have learned this stuff before it was near the end of the series
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (29 ):

If you're a hardcore Keeper of the Lost Cities fan who loves to spend quality time with characters' detention records and make your own elvin treats, this installment is for you. You'll be in heaven with Unlocked, a very mixed bag of information, activities, "archival records" on the various characters, what they've been up to, and, sometimes, why, for the previous eight volumes. Considering the rate at which the series comes up with characters, animals, magical beings, and cosmological features, it's a rare reader who doesn't, at some point, have a "Wait, what?" moment, or need a refresher on the difference between a gulon and a gorgodon. It's also good prep for the "novella" portion at book's end -- which, as readers have come to expect, involves inner turmoil, new powers and conflicts, a cliffhanger ending, and an author who chortles about it in the afterword while urging readers to buy the next book. The stellar artwork, especially Laura Hollingsworth's gorgeous, full- color story scenes and character portraits, adds a welcome dimension.

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