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The Crimson Skew: The Mapmaker's Trilogy, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fabulous end to complex trilogy includes antiwar message.

Book S. E. Grove Fantasy 2016
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The biggest hope for this trilogy is that the right intelligent, thoughtful, inventive kids discover its brilliance. The Mapmakers Trilogy, with all its complexity both in plotting and details (those amazing maps!), won't appeal to every kind of reader but deserves a faithful readership. The conclusion to the series is the best of the three. It accomplishes what seems impossible at its start: It neatly ties up every intricate plot and subplot it puts in play while introducing some fascinating new characters. We follow Sophia north through the Baldlands on a path of self-discovery, then through his ordeal as a soldier and Uncle Shadrack through his spy work in Boston; all storylines keep up the high tension and interest.

Also, all introduce characters with fascinating backstories. If only we could spend more time with Theo's new hero friend Cassanova, with the spy secretary informant who helps Shadrack, and especially with the three banished sisters in the Baldlands who help Sophia. Maybe S.E. Grove will follow the trend and work on a spin-off. If we're so lucky, please let it be filled with even more inventive maps.

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