This book picks up just after Everblaze, the previous book in the series, ends, and Sophie and her closest friends are running away to join the Black Swan before the Counsel can banish them. While the Black Swan welcomes them, it isn’t to go on dangerous missions but to train in improving their abilities. While this frustrates all of them, it is especially hard on Keefe. Meanwhile, Sophie and Fitz work on increasing their telepathic bond, Dex begins building even more complicated gadgets, and Briana works on perfecting her vanishing.
But even in their more isolated location, they begin to hear rumors of trouble. The biggest is a plague infecting the gnomes. Then Sophie and her friends are given their first mission, something that seems impossible. Are they ready? What will success or failure mean?
My guess is if you are new to the series you are scratching your head a bit wonderful exactly what all this means. That’s my cue to tell you not to start this series with this book. Each story builds on the previous entry in the series, so there are major spoilers for the first three books in these pages. Trust me, you’ll be ready for this book before you know it.
With books two and three, I’ve complained that there weren’t enough reminders for us about what has come before. After all, it’s usually a year between books, and the details begin to grow fuzzy. I’m thankful to say that we got enough reminders this time around so that when something important was mentioned, I was able to remember what had happened. I needed them do, since many times I’d forgotten about that piece of the plot.
When I see a 700 page book, I often worry that there will be slow spots. That is not the case here at all. Everything plays a part in the story that is unfolding, and I never found my interest waning. In fact, I usually had a hard time putting the book down. There are a few twists before we reach the end, and while it will be a very long wait until book 5 comes out, I’m thankful to know that it is coming. I need to know what happens next! After some of what we learn here, I want to go back and reread the earlier books with newly enlightened eyes, too.
Because the main characters are in hiding, we don’t see quite as much of some of the supporting players in this book. While I missed them, it gave us a much better chance to watch the rest of the cast grow, and there is plenty of character development for them over the course of the book. We meet some great new characters as well I hope pop up again.
I’ve long loved this series since Sophie’s world is so detailed and rich. We get to explore more of it in this book, and once again those details make things come alive. We are also truly getting to see how complicated some issues are, and I like how those complexities are introduced and not glossed over. I’m looking forward to seeing how Sophie deals with these complexities in future books.
Obviously, I once again enjoyed my time with Sophie and the rest of the gang. If you are already a fan, you’ll race through Neverseen as quickly as I did. And if you have yet to start this great series, fix that today.
OMG I PUT AN ORDER IN FOR THIS BOOK IN SEPTEMBER AND I STILL HAVE NOT GOT THE BOOK IM INCREDIBLY ANNOYED BECAUSE IT IS BOXING DAY AND AMAZON SAID IT IS NOT PUBLISHED. I bet the book is brilliant infact i know it is brilliant because the author is a brill writer and sophies story is the best.