THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
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THE CRIMSON SKEW

From the "Mapmakers" series, volume 3
Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she’s at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war.

When the Great Disruption occurred in 1799, the whole world was fragmented, countries and Ages thrown up against each other like jigsaw-puzzle pieces in disarray. Sophia’s parents were lost, and the white girl, her uncle Shadrack Elli, and friend Theo Thackary find themselves allies in a broken world. The machinations of Prime Minister Gordon Broadgirdle have led to an impending war with the Indian Territories, and Sophia and pirate friends Calixta and Burton Morris are traveling north from New Orleans as armies amass in the Territories. Sophia, with her prodigious map-reading abilities, is to play a role in it all, with a cast of friends and allies standing up to the evil of the world. Though the scale is as grand and sweeping as the previous installments', Groves’ remarkable worldbuilding is more the backdrop here, as the complex plotting proceeds like a literary chess match. Pirates, sea captains, fortunetellers, a dragon, poisonous red fog, former slave traders, and healers populate a story that may introduce young readers to the old-fashioned pleasure of settling into a long, rich, and complicated tale.

A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)

Pub Date: July 12th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-670-78504-9
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2016




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