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City of Thirst (The Map to Everywhere) Paperback – August 16, 2016
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Praise for City of Thirst:
"Ryan and Davis spin a dizzying fantasy world full of bizarre creatures, twisted time lines, and a fascinating geography.... Readers who haven't read The Map to Everywhere should have no trouble starting with book two."―Booklist
Praise for The Map to Everywhere:
* "Ryan and Davis' swashbuckling quest features fantastic world building, gnarly creatures, and a villain who is both spooky and formidable.... The unique details, expert plotting, charming characters, and comic interludes combine in a tantalizing read."―Booklist, starred review
* "Wholly original.... This is an ambitious undertaking, and strong readers who enjoy adventure fiction and fantasy will inhale the first book in what has the potential to be an extraordinary series."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "Vividly cast.... Multifaceted characters, high stakes, imaginative magic, and hints of hidden twists and complexities to come."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Fast-paced and imaginative, this adventure combines action with whimsy, injecting emotion and pathos into an otherwise lighthearted romp. It's a strong start for what promises to be a highly enjoyable series."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Husband and wife Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis have been in love with each other's writing (and with each other) since meeting in law school a decade ago. Carrie is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning Forest of Hands and Teeth series, which is based on a world she and JP created together. She is also the author of Daughter of Deep Silence and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer, and the editor of Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction. JP is the First Assistant Federal Defender for the Western District of North Carolina, as well as a published author of short fiction. Although they've been important parts of each other's writing for years, the Map to Everywhere series is their first full collaboration. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they invite you to visit their website at TheMaptoEverywhere.com.
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This book is a must-read for ages 9-12 with humorous characters like the grumpy Naysayer, and funny chapter titles like, “Things to Do While Wizards Save the World” (page 142), “The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have Dangling from a Snail” (page 153), and “Honestly, That Could Have Gone Better” (page 204). And wait till you see what happens to the babysitter’s car (page 33)!
In addition, the book has lots of action-packed lines like, “And suddenly, a tangle of ropes shot out everywhere. As each rope neared the island, the strange gravity pulled it in, holding it tight in the air. Marrill was already sliding down one toward the ship. Fin gulped and jumped for another. He snagged it and held it tight,” (page 106), and “He’d completely misjudged; he was coming in too fast, and too high. He smacked against the Wall with enough force to knock the wind from his lungs. […] A shock of impact traveled up his arms, spreading through the rest of his limbs until his entire body vibrated from the force of it,” (page 151).
Lastly, City of Thirst has vivid descriptions, such as, “The closer they drew to the Wall, the more impressive it became. Its face gleamed in the sun, a brilliant labyrinth of polished stone and sparkling glass and the occasional dull gleam of black metal. […] All across it, the giant gears jutted out like shelf mushrooms growing on an old tree, half visible, half buried in the Wall. Some seemed carved from glass; others were steel and bronze; still others seemed to sag and rise with each breath of the wind,” (page 119).
In conclusion, you should definitely read this hilarious book about five friends on an amazing adventure. The journey that Marrill takes will show you that, no matter what, friendship is the most powerful thing of all.
But, the aspect of this book I find most appealing, and somewhat uncommon and unexpected, turns on the development of the characters, the issues they address, and the subtle undercurrent of fantastical melancholy. Our two main heroes, Marrill and Fin, continue to grow and develop. Numerous secondary characters are allowed to make their marks on the narrative. Some new and refreshing characters are introduced. These characters have to grapple with loss, regret, and concern over the fate of loved ones, as well as more familiar and time worn coming of age issues.
All of this adds a special dimension to the otherwise more standard fantasy. We have the Pirate Stream, amazing creatures, an interesting alternate world, and hundreds of little throwaway bits of imagineering. That is good, solid fantasy swashbuckling material, but it is all elevated and colored by the quality of the character building.
It's worth emphasizing that there is a lot of humor here. There are broad bits of silliness, some nice set pieces, lots of clever cross-talk, and then a few goofy bits and a lot of wordplay. It is a testament to the author's craftsmanship that this isn't the type of book that has one or two funny/silly comic relief characters, with every other character fulfilling some other role. Every character in this book is smart, articulate, and clued in to what is going on. As a consequence the reader never knows who is going to get the best line or the last word, and that keeps the interest level high and the pace fast.
That said, there seems, to me, to be a strong vein of sadness running through the stories of all of the main characters. There is hope that all will be resolved happily as the series progresses, but the book doesn't promise, or necessarily even suggest, that that will be the case. Perhaps this accounts in part for the tremendous loyalty of those readers who have taken the series to heart.
So, a well-crafted, intriguing, and surprisingly rich adventure tale; a nice find.
(Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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Parts of this book I really liked, but I kept getting distracted and finding myself not listening. So, it wasn't holding my attention.Read more