The Map Thief: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, April 28, 2009
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345494695
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345494696
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.85 x 6.8 inches
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #292,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has all the makings of a great story - there's flashbacks to both China and Lisbon in the 1400s to expand the tale, there's secret riddles, love interests and globe-trotting. However, it's all just left feeling a little flat. I didn't realise (and there is no reference to it on the book's amazon page) that this is actually the second book in the series of Mara Coyne. The previous book (The Chrysalis) is referenced heavily in the first half of the book which confused me at first - I thought it might just be hidden exposition that I would find out more about as I kept reading. I'm not too sure if Mara is better rounded and introduced in that story but in this one she is very two dimensional and not particulary relatable. The love interest angle is predictable and boring. I actually much preferred the flashback character of mapmaker Ma Zhi and found his story and character a lot more padded out and interesting, and the setting of China in that time was very well researched. The Portugese flashback character also didn't seem very well rounded or well written and didn't really add much to the story - I found myself skimming those flashbacks.
Overall it's an ok tale but it seems to try too hard to throw all of the elements of an archeological thriller together and the plot gets a bit muddled at times with a dull lead character. I would recommend perhaps reading the other one first so you understand the references although I wont be giving it a go after this one I'm afraid.