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    Dark fantasy meets occult thriller!

    I did receive a copy of this book but this is my honest opinion - and I wouldn't have read it in two sittings on the same day if I hadn't thought it was marvellous! I've loved all of JF Penn's fiction output (and her non-fiction as Joanna Penn), and I've always been impressed at the way she weaves wider societal concerns or cultural contexts into her thrillers. She achieves a level of depth that you don't always see in the genre. Map of Shadows is slightly different in that it's a remix of the thriller genre via dark urban fantasy (hooray!) but she still includes thought-provoking themes and messages. This time, it's around the nature of borders, identity, and the changing importance of places, people, and even the things that we do. It's a highly inventive read, mixing real places (Old Aleppo, Venice's Poveglia plague island, and Bath) with a shadowy realm of the forgotten, the abandoned, and the unwanted. And there's magic, which is really all you can ask for from a book. Thoroughly recommended and I can't wait to see what she does with the next instalment!
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    A grimdark tale.

    A grimdark tale of what could be hiding in the shadows. A thrilling read. I found the Borderlands to be very dystopian in nature. I couldn’t bond with Sienna, though. Not knowing why she was aimless and unhappy to work in an awesome library left too many unanswered questions. The sudden romance in the last chapter made no sense to me. Perhaps more Deep POV (sharing Sienna’s feelings and thoughts throughout the story) would have made this an amazing read. Great worldbuilding. And the twist! I like the idea of different powers, the whole mapwalking thing, and that they have to be careful of using their powers. Perry, with his fire magic, is my favourite character. A great urban fantasy read. Great cover! Star rating: Editing: 4 stars Premise: 5 stars Wonder: 4 stars Trigger warnings: slavery, rape, forced pregnancies, genocide, blood sacrifice (including children), thoughts of self-harm/suicide, murder and other atrocities that might be a trigger for some. Overall: 4 stars Total = 4 stars *I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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    An Awesome Read

    A new series with interesting characters and plot. I've always enjoyed books written about other dimensions and this one is very enjoyable and intriguing. The combination of action, magic and suspense makes this an almost perfect read. It just ends to quickly. What a great first book to a series, I looking forward to the next one.
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    Great potential.

    Really interesting concept but it lacked any real atmosphere or exciting build up. Great characters with the potential for further development. Could all of what happened actually happen within a couple of days of the main character discovering her grandfather had died?
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    A Whole New World

    JF Penn creates a whole new world in this dark urban fantasy set in the Borderlands of Bath, England. We follow the newest Mapwalker and her friends find their way through this strange land. If you like a highly imaginative adventure and a vividly written narrative this is a fantastic new world and I can't wait to see where J.F. takes us from here. I was given an ARC and I enjoyed every moment of this new world.
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