As readers may have noticed, I have a certain
fondness for a good map. So, when I saw a young adult fantasy series called The
Mapmaker Chronicles, I rather thought that it might be of interest. And I
have to say that Australian writer A .L. Tait has done a pretty fine job of creating a
novel twist on the sailing ship story. Hes wisely taken it fully to a fantasy world,
so its quite clear that his map is not our map. But sadly, there are no maps in the
book. I do think the story could have been greatly enhanced by the inclusion of maps
detailing the progress of the Libertas and her crew.
The background is a race to map the world, with the central character
being a young map-maker aboard one of the ships. There is a prize for each captain, and
Captain Zain is sailing for his freedom. Which is ironic when our young hero, Quinn the
map-maker, is captured by Gelynions, and caged below decks
and then they are
attacked by pirates! Its all a lot of fun, and Im sure this series would be
greatly enjoyed by older boys, in particular.