ARC Review: Map of Shadows by J.F. Penn

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

Published December 12th, 2017 by Curl Up Press

Genres Fantasy, Fiction

Pages 192

Goodreads / Amazon

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 Mila Wendell, a traveller on the canals, Sienna discovers her own magical ability and a terrifying place of blood that awaits in the world beyond. But when she discovers a truth about her past and the Borderlands begin to push through the defenses, Sienna must join the team of Mapwalkers on their mission to find the Map of Shadows – whatever the cost. In a place written out of history, a world off the edge of the map, Sienna must risk everything to find her father … and her true path as a Mapwalker.

This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather’s map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds her family is caught up with the Ministry of Maps, a mysterious organization who maintains the borders between this world and the Uncharter. Sienna soon discovers her own magical abilities, with the help of Mila Wendell. Sienna join the team of Mapwalkers when the Borderlands begin to push through the defenses ,which leads them on a mission to find the Map of Shadows. Along the way Sienna also uncovers secrets about her own past that she much try to sort out.

This is a fairly fast paced book and I enjoyed both Sienna as well as the author’s writing style and world building. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. And the cover of this book is absolutely amazing!

Thank you to the author, J.F. Penn for sending me a review copy of this book.

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