#AMapwalkerTrilogy by @JFPennAuthor

A place written out of history. A world off the edge of the map.

In this fantasy adventure trilogy, Sienna and the Mapwalker team must defend Earthside from the invasion of the Borderlanders and face their darkest challenge against the Shadow.


A map of skin etched in blood. A world under threat from the Borderlands.

A young woman who must risk the shadows to save her family.

When her Grandfather is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Sienna Farren inherits his map shop in the ancient city of Bath, England. She discovers that her family is bound up with the Ministry of Maps, a mysterious agency who maintain the borders between this world and the Uncharted.

With the help of Mila Wendell, a traveller on the canals, Sienna discovers her own magical ability and a terrifying place of blood that awaits in the world beyond.

But when she discovers a truth about her past and the Borderlands begin to push through the defences, Sienna must join the team of Mapwalkers on their mission to find the Map of Shadows – whatever the cost.

In a place written out of history, a world off the edge of the map, Sienna must risk everything to find her father … and her true path as a Mapwalker.


A city threatened by an ancient plague.

A love across borders.

A desperate choice that could break their worlds apart forever.

When a fragment of a deadly map is recovered from a medieval plague pit in London, the Mapwalker team must cross over into the Borderlands once more.

In a race against time, they must find the remaining pieces of the map in a journey across long-lost cities before the Shadow Cartographers wield it against Earthside in a devastating attack.

Can Sienna resist the call of the Shadow as she struggles to save her home? Will Finn take a risk on love across borders or leave the Earthsiders to their fate?


A journey through the realm of the dead.

A threat that will change the world.

A choice that might save everything—or end it all.

As natural disasters sweep Earthside, a mutant army rises in the Borderlands, driven by the dark force behind the Shadow Cartographers. 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.

But when one of their number is taken and the team begins to break apart, each Mapwalker must face their greatest challenge.

Can the Mapwalker team reach the Tower of the Winds before the Shadow claims Earthside?

Will Sienna choose Finn — or turn away from the Borderlands forever?


Michael Farren sat at his desk in the old map shop, an antique parchment in front of him portraying the ancient city of Bath.



(Curl Up Press, 22 February 2021, 680 pages, ebook, copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed)




MAP OF SHADOWS: I’ve read this book before and really enjoyed it. I liked it more on a second read through. I’ve never been to Bath but this book makes me want to really visit the city. I loved the concept of the book and I loved how the story develops. I’m a huge fan of fantasy fiction and Map of Shadows has all the trademarks of the best of the genre. I loved the Earthside and Borderlands, a light and dark version of the same world. I thought the concept of the book was very original and it reminds me a lot of other fantasy and even horror fiction I’ve read. I’m looking forward to reading the other two books.

MAP OF PLAGUES: This time around Sienna and the team need to stop a mad-man in the Borderlands from finding ancient plague maps and unleashing a plague on Earthside which would decimate the world making it easy for the Borderlands to break through and seize control of the world they believe should be theirs. You find out a lot more about the Borderlands in this book and how different it really is from Earthside. Many of the people live in poverty, women bred, often against their will, to see if they can create a new magical strain, controlled by a deranged fanatic, a world where people with important magic are drained until they become husks. Sienna and the team make a terrible decision to stop the plague which has consequences for everyone in both worlds.

MAP OF THE IMPOSSIBLE: This is a corker of an end to what has been an enjoyable, addictive trilogy. The author hints there may be more books featuring the Mapwalkers in the future and I certainly hope there is. This is set some time after the events of Map of Plagues with Sienna and her team dealing with the aftermath of the choice made at the end of the last book which have let to devastating natural disasters Earthside and likely worse horrors in the Borderlands. Sienna and the team must find a way back to the Borderlands to try and repair the damage but at what cost.

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