Map of Shadows (Mapwalker, #1) by J.F. Penn

Map of Shadows (Mapwalker, #1)

A map of skin etched in blood.A world under threat from the Borderlands.A young woman who must risk the shadows to save her family.When her Grandfather is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Sienna Farren inherits his map shop in the ancient city of Bath, England. Once there, she discovers that her family is bound up with the Ministry of Maps, a mysterious agency who maintain the borders between this world and the Uncharted.With the help of ...

Details Map of Shadows (Mapwalker, #1)

TitleMap of Shadows (Mapwalker, #1)
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherCurl Up Press
GenreFantasy, Thriller, Magic, Suspense, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Map of Shadows (Mapwalker, #1)

  • Toni Osborne
    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers seriesThis new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat…..Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly written her stories are. Well no exception here. Vividly said Bath comes to life with creepy characters and supernatural happenings. This intriguing story based on maps and ...
  • Holly
    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thrilling ride and I can't wait to read the next book.
  • HornFan2 (Mike)
    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen King, Penn has the gift, to give her readers a heart pounding hellacious read, one that's well researched, puts you right in the pages, full of heart pounding twist and tu...
  • Michele Perry
    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and imaginative plot threads. If you are after an adventurous, magical, thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable read, this one is perfect for you! Can't wait of the next book ...
  • E. Slabbert
    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story!I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience.The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I would have liked to spend more time in this world, I am sure the sequels will be coming soon enough.Fast-paced and high-stakes, this is yet another superb work from the pe...
  • Sharon Rouquette
    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their bloodlines can travel through maps, or bring the fanciful animals decorating old maps to life, or several other interesting magical skills. They work together to defend ou...
  • Ilana
    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meanings of maps and borders. Sienna Farren - 'aimless and wandering for too long to choose a path forward' - was having just another uneventful day at the Oxford Library ...
  • Pete
    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to expand that simple subject into a magical (literally) story about the borders between the earth as we know it and the dark mysterious Borderlands, which are always try...
  • Denise
    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds.Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city of Bath was just what she needed. She finds herself drawn into a society of Mapwalkers whose job is to protect this reality from the creatures of the Borderland. The sto...
  • Radcliff Gregory
    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, and disease - but what actually happens to these places when we erase them from the active, living world? What happens to the poor, disabled, brutal, and dispossess...