For everyone restlessly pacing around after reading Harry Potter and waiting for a good series to come by, here’s something you could try:
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger does its best to bring back what we loved about Harry Potter — characters with personalities we could immediately recognise, a seemingly impossible challenge, and several interesting people and stories to follow along the way.
The main character here is Sophie, who feels lost and alone, till she realises why. There’s a whole world she belongs in, and only now that she is 12, she is taken there. The interesting thing about her is that she is very good at telepathy. Why does she have this ability, and why is she in danger because of that? Without giving away any spoilers, I’d like to let you know that the books are brisk and entertaining, getting more and more complex and layered as they progress, so you get to know more about the shadowy organisation that is focussed on genetic engineering. In terms of pace, I think it would be right to say that Keeper of the Lost Cities starts off at the level of urgency you feel when reading the fourth part of Harry Potter. Things are afoot, and there’s no time to lose.
Those who have keenly followed Harry Potter will recognise a lot of parallels, but don’t let that stop you. Shannon Messenger creates a whole new world that will keep you hooked.
The series is currently at 6 parts, with the seventh one released internationally and will be in India soon.
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