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  • Another Must Read Book by J.F. Penn

    A series of tremors, each more powerful than the last, until the sea withdraws further than Meihani had ever seen in her long life. Then the first drops of the tsunami fell upon her, wiping out all life on the low-lying island of Fongafale off the coast of Australia. This will not be the last natural disaster. So begins the wonderfully descriptive opening of J.F. Penn’s Map of the Impossible, the final book of her Mapwalker series. Perhaps, Sienna Farren and Mila Wendell had both mapwalked the Borderlands once too often as they felt the pull to leave their homes in Bath, England. Something had shifted for both of them in their last mission for the Ministry. Perry Mercator’s magic for most of his life had been out of control until on his last mission in the Borderlands for the Ministry, with Sienna and Mila, he had learned to channel his magic and saved his team. Sienna longed to see Finn again, Mila thought of swimming with Ekon in their magical forms, and Perry felt an enormous pull to the Borderlands to face his traitorous father who had become a Shadow Cartographer bent on destroying Earthside. One too many missions and all of the Mapwalkers could be permanently pulled to the Borderlands and become Shadow Cartographers themselves. Something had shifted for all of the Mapwalkers in their last mission. They had one foot on either side of the border and it was slowly tearing them all apart. Perry’s father had previously crossed the border, killed the Illuminated Cartographer, and set a fire that destroyed so many of his maps in the Ministry library. The maps could not live without an Illuminated Blood Mapwalker. Reluctantly, Bridget Ronan became the new Illuminated Cartographer. She wondered if the Ministry was irreparably wounded in the fire, but not all of the maps had been destroyed. As the newest in a long line before her, Bridget could no longer physically leave the Ministry or ever travel again. Each time she roamed into the maps, part of her own life crumbled away, dissolving into the ink. Had Bridget’s predecessors also had to learn everything from the beginning? Opening the volumes of annals, turning the pages, and scanning the text she searched for a way to reopen the border safely again. When they had closed the border to end the last attack they had not realized the ramifications. The world beyond deteriorated with earthquakes, tsunamis, and people dying because they couldn’t cross over. The Borderlands were home to many; they were an escape to many more. Now they knew that Earthside needed an escape valve, a way to relieve the pressure. Neither world could exist in isolation. The border was the most immediate problem. Closing the border to prevent a wave of plague-carrying refugees now seemed like a terrible mistake. In closing the border, they doomed Earthside to an acceleration of devastating natural disasters. They had to find a way to open it again. With great risk, the Mapwalker team had to find a way to enter the Borderlands once again and safely reopen the border. Sienna and the Mapwalker team must use the Map of the Impossible to journey through the realm of the dead and face the nightmare at its heart. Will the Mapwalker team be able to rescue one of their captured team members before her imminent sacrifice? Will the Mapwalker team reach the Tower of the Winds before the Shadow claims Earthside? Will Sienna have to make a life-altering decision to safely reopen the border perhaps forever? Master storyteller, J.F. Penn superbly guides the Mapwalker team on their final fast-paced, exciting, terrifying at times adventure to once again attempt to save Earthside and possibly begin improving the Borderlander’s cruel existence. In full disclosure, this review is based upon reading a free, advance copy from the author. I’m sorry to see the series come to an end, as it’s been an exciting trip. By all means, read Map of the Impossible and the previous two books: Map of Shadows and Map of the Plagues. You’re bound to enjoy them all; especially, if you’re a dark fantasy thrill rides fan!

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  • Fascinating

    Superb. Once you start reading you’re hooked. This fantasy makes you feel as if you’re a part of the book

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  • Worth waiting for

    Just bought this book and am eager to read as the others in the series take you on a journey that all good authors manage to achieve

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  • Second to none! A first rate series!! Don’t miss.

    I have now read all three books in the series and each book leaves you wanting more. An incredible premise, unlike anything else in fantasy literature, paired with likeable characters, engaged in life and death situations for the benefit of humanity. The risk of failure is high and inevitable; mirroring real life - this I found very moving and honest. The sacrifices made, were so well written, that I was moved to tears several times in the series. There are also moments of rich satisfaction, where I was audibly cheering for the characters. The series is extensively researched, and this is evident in the prose when the author describes locales and references myths from across the globe. My only negative critique, is that the books are a bit too brief for the amount of story that needs to be told, so at times it feels a bit like the reader is just skimming the surface of the story. Nevertheless, I read each book in a day, and could not stop until I’d finished each one, desperate to start the next instalment. I really hope we can expect more and further adventures from the characters as the author hints at in her notes at the end of the last book - Map of the IMPOSSIBLE! If you are looking for an original series - you won’t find books better than these! I give them 4.5 stars/5.0!! JF Penn doesn’t disappoint!!

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  • A great end to Sienna's story.

    This last adventure of Sienna was so much fun to read. Though there was a lot of foreshadowing as to what the end would be, it was still a surprise. Loads of awesome description brought the journey to the Borderlands alive (some scary stuff deep beneath the earth) and Zoe was a great addition to the team and to the magic of Mapwalkers. I like what happened to Mila and the Waterwalker possibilities of the future. The action scenes were superb and the story took one on an emotional rollercoaster. Everything wove neatly from one place to the next making this a page-turner that I couldn’t put down. A great ending to Sienna’s Mapwalker story. *I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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