Map of Shadows (Mapwalker #1)

Map of Shadows (Mapwalker #1)

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. Once there, she discovers that her family is bound up with the Ministry of Maps, a mysterious agency who A map of skin etched in blood. A world under threat from the Borderlands. A young woman who must risk the shadow...

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Title:Map of Shadows (Mapwalker #1)
Author:J.F. Penn
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B076558NJN
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition

Map of Shadows (Mapwalker #1) Reviews

  • Diane
    Feb 11, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do like a good fantasy/magic story and was looking forward to reading this book. I found the characters a bit "thin," particularly the main character Sienna. Not enough time was spent developing her backstory as to why ...

    I won this off of Goodeads give away as an ebook I enjoy the JF Penn as an author. I have read some of her other books and have really found them interesting. She has a way of pulling you and not letting go till the last page and leaving you wanting more. The book is a dark fan...

  • Toni Osborne
    Dec 01, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

  • Michaelbrent Collings
    Jan 16, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

  • Rene Sears
    Mar 10, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

  • Cyd Madsen
    Jan 24, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do like a good fantasy/magic story and was looking forward to reading this book. I found the characters a bit "thin," particularly the main character Sienna. Not enough time was spent developing her backstory as to why ...

    I won this off of Goodeads give away as an ebook I enjoy the JF Penn as an author. I have read some of her other books and have really found them interesting. She has a way of pulling you and not letting go till the last page and leaving you wanting more. The book is a dark fan...

    Penn Takes Aim And Hits Her Mark Joanna Penn has unleashed her personal hounds of writing fury with this book. Always walking the edge between the dark and lighter sides of human nature, in Map Of Shadows that edge becomes razor sharp and cuts deep. It draws dark, magical blood. ...

  • Ilana
    Dec 21, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

  • Michele Perry
    Dec 05, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

  • Alison
    Mar 13, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do like a good fantasy/magic story and was looking forward to reading this book. I found the characters a bit "thin," particularly the main character Sienna. Not enough time was spent developing her backstory as to why ...

    I won this off of Goodeads give away as an ebook I enjoy the JF Penn as an author. I have read some of her other books and have really found them interesting. She has a way of pulling you and not letting go till the last page and leaving you wanting more. The book is a dark fan...

    Penn Takes Aim And Hits Her Mark Joanna Penn has unleashed her personal hounds of writing fury with this book. Always walking the edge between the dark and lighter sides of human nature, in Map Of Shadows that edge becomes razor sharp and cuts deep. It draws dark, magical blood. ...

    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved the concept of this novel. It was imaginative and interesting, and I wish I could give it more stars, but I feel like I?m being generous with three as it is. The writing just did not hold u...

  • Rachel
    Apr 18, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

  • Veselina
    Mar 22, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    Feb 07, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

  • Denise
    Dec 01, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

  • Sharon Vargas
    Mar 05, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

  • Karen Barth
    Feb 14, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do like a good fantasy/magic story and was looking forward to reading this book. I found the characters a bit "thin," particularly the main character Sienna. Not enough time was spent developing her backstory as to why ...

  • Melleny
    Feb 26, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

  • Ashley (BooksViaAshley)
    Feb 25, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

  • Radcliff Gregory
    Dec 03, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

  • Michael Chrobak
    Feb 04, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

  • yorkshirebooknerd
    Feb 15, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do like a good fantasy/magic story and was looking forward to reading this book. I found the characters a bit "thin," particularly the main character Sienna. Not enough time was spent developing her backstory as to why ...

    I won this off of Goodeads give away as an ebook I enjoy the JF Penn as an author. I have read some of her other books and have really found them interesting. She has a way of pulling you and not letting go till the last page and leaving you wanting more. The book is a dark fan...

    Penn Takes Aim And Hits Her Mark Joanna Penn has unleashed her personal hounds of writing fury with this book. Always walking the edge between the dark and lighter sides of human nature, in Map Of Shadows that edge becomes razor sharp and cuts deep. It draws dark, magical blood. ...

    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved the concept of this novel. It was imaginative and interesting, and I wish I could give it more stars, but I feel like I?m being generous with three as it is. The writing just did not hold u...

    Map of Shadows is a dark fantasy story set in a world of maps, magic and blood. Sienna finds herself emerged in the world of blood magic and cartography when her grandfather is murdered and she inherits his map shop. Suddenly the world she knows no longer exists and she is thrown i...

  • Peter Ralston
    Mar 19, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

  • Rebeca
    Feb 23, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

  • Sharon Rouquette
    Nov 16, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

  • Completely Melanie
    Apr 01, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

  • Pete
    Dec 13, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

  • E. Slabbert
    Nov 20, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

  • Holly
    Nov 22, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

  • Kayla Bergeson
    Feb 22, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

  • Janet
    Nov 26, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

    Boy, this was a ride. When I first started reading I felt the story had some cliché elements, but as a Fantasy lover I was okay with that. I went ahead. While there were more than a few clichés, I can say this was overall a really fun journey, with a hidden world within our own t...

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This book had a lot of great elements! It has a very interesting premise. I thought the world and magic system in the book were creative and original. I like the idea of being able to work magic with maps, or of ...

    I enjoyed this a lot. I love the concept of Mapwalkers and the Borderlands, and there was a lot of great stuff here. I ended up reading it quickly, and it was quite an enjoyable experience. Sienna and Mila in particular was very relatable, fun characters, and the premise was great. I l...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Kindle edition. The setting is intriguing and the history behind the story world compelling. I wanted more characterization. The story felt too fast. I don't think the characters really thought about what they were doing and it was action to ...

    I often lose myself in old maps as part of my history research, and I found myself very intrigued by the concept of being able to interact fairly literally with antiquarian maps. Many parts of the real world are now effectively "off the map" because of war, famine, poverty, terrorism, ...

    I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I do like a good fantasy/magic story and was looking forward to reading this book. I found the characters a bit "thin," particularly the main character Sienna. Not enough time was spent developing her backstory as to why ...

    I won this off of Goodeads give away as an ebook I enjoy the JF Penn as an author. I have read some of her other books and have really found them interesting. She has a way of pulling you and not letting go till the last page and leaving you wanting more. The book is a dark fan...

    Penn Takes Aim And Hits Her Mark Joanna Penn has unleashed her personal hounds of writing fury with this book. Always walking the edge between the dark and lighter sides of human nature, in Map Of Shadows that edge becomes razor sharp and cuts deep. It draws dark, magical blood. ...

    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved the concept of this novel. It was imaginative and interesting, and I wish I could give it more stars, but I feel like I?m being generous with three as it is. The writing just did not hold u...

    Map of Shadows is a dark fantasy story set in a world of maps, magic and blood. Sienna finds herself emerged in the world of blood magic and cartography when her grandfather is murdered and she inherits his map shop. Suddenly the world she knows no longer exists and she is thrown i...

    I love Joanna Penn's writing and thought she would be hard-pressed to top her ARKANE series but I was wrong. This first book of her new series pulled me in from the outset and I couldn't put it down. Her imagination has run riot here and she has created a fantastic, creepy, and shadowy...

  • Ariel Coomes
    Apr 06, 2018

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...

    It's a joy to see how far Penn has come since her first book. I've had the pleasure of following her journey to this point, and this wonderful book. Map of Shadows has exquisite worldbuilding and interesting characters that race through a quick-paced and engaging plot. It was a thr...

    This is the first book I have read by the author and I very much enjoyed it. This is definitely a unique fantasy book and also adds in a bit of magic. Sienna Farren inherits her grandfather's map shop in Bath, England after he is mysteriously murdered. After arriving in Bath, she finds...

    Loved being immersed into this fabulous story and the wonderfully imaginative world Penn created. This book has all of my favourite aspects of good story-telling - dimensional life-like characters, descriptive scene-setting, historical aspects interspersed throughout, well-paced and im...

    What an extremely enjoyable and exhilarating story! I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. The premise of this book already had me intrigued, and I'm glad to report it does not disappoint. Although I...

    I loved this book! The author sent me an advance copy to read and review because I'm a fan of her work, and I received it this morning and couldn't stop reading until the end. The central idea seems to me to be a clever one-- that people called Cartographers with magic in their blood...

    J.F.Penn, whose writings I often review on my blog because I love her writing, has a special art of creating characters and worlds that do stay for you long after finishing your book. Map of Shadows, newly released, is the first in a new series aimed at exploring the mysterious meaning...

    I have been a fan of J.F. Penn for quite a while now and I really enjoy everything that she produces, so I was very excited to hear that she was writing a new series about maps, but I have to admit that she took me completely by surprise with this first book, and how she manages to exp...

    I really liked the world building of this book. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what happens in the Borderlands with the Mapwalkers of both worlds. Sienna has been left a map shop in her grandfather's will. She had not really known the man, but a visit to the city o...

    This book was given to me by Netgalley to read for my honest review. Imagine you can change the borders of the current world or even delete place from the world. The only thing you have to do is to change a map. What if there is places that are not on the maps we have, they are pus...

    Well crafted, well researched, well written, when I found this book my first thought was how good could a fantasy novel about maps be? But the story idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did , The story pulls you right in and makes it hard to put do...

    3.5 Stars! When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded amazing and I just loved the idea of it. It sounded intriguing, there was magic, romance and suspense throughout the story! However I found it both slow and a bit rushed at times. It was a short read and I read...

    Thank you to J.F. Penn for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Trigger Warning: Blood, Gore, Allusions to rape and forced pregnancy, human (particularly child) scarifies, Use of human skin as maps (I don't know if that's a "real" trigger but just in case...

    **I received this book for free in return for a review** "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 ...

  • HornFan2 (Mike)
    Dec 11, 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I received this book for review, but my opinions are my own and I am not paid for this review. That being said, Oh my gosh!!!! This book was soooooo good!!! Right from the very beginning of this book, it just took off full steam ahead with no slowing ...

    When I received a copy of this book to review, I was really looking forward to it. I hadn?t read anything by this author, and after reading through some of the reviews, I thought this would be a book I could really fall in love with. Sadly, I was wrong. First of all, let me say...

    Here is the litmus test for a great story: when you are in bed at night, reading, and your spouse elbows you in the side and says, "Shut UP." "What?" you answer, confused about what's happening, half of you still trapped in the story you've fallen into. "You were SHOUTING," she s...

    3.25 Stars If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog: www.abooktropolis01.blogspot.co.za But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought: Overall, I think that this story has potential. The author's writing is...

    Book # 1 in the Mapwalkers series This new series is a dark fantasy and a pretty weird story, not to mention gory to no end. A map of skin etched in blood and a world under threat?.. Those of us fans of this author already knows how creative she is and how richly and cleverly w...

    I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review. 'Map of Shadows' falls in genre's that I don't typically read, but with J.F. Penn writing it, plus since I really like her Arkane Series and just figured I would miss out if I didn't read it. Just like with Stephen...