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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • C.F.
    Oct 22, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

    GREAT ADVENTURE! Being completely honest, I did not enjoy the writing much in the first half of the book. I felt disconnected to the characters and felt there was a lot of information dump through dialogue and I was skeptical, but I love Joanna and committed to giving the book a fai...

    Read the last half or so in one sitting -- ripping (no pun intended) story with tension well-handled. Quite love the whole world the author's created -- nothing's plainly black or white. I do appreciate some thought in my thrillers. This is the first in the newest series - Mapwalkers....

  • Toni Osborne
    Dec 01, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

  • Cyd Madsen
    Jan 24, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Charles
    Nov 28, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

  • Michele Perry
    Dec 05, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    Feb 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Lily
    Nov 28, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

  • Gail
    Dec 15, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

  • Lynda
    Dec 02, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

    GREAT ADVENTURE! Being completely honest, I did not enjoy the writing much in the first half of the book. I felt disconnected to the characters and felt there was a lot of information dump through dialogue and I was skeptical, but I love Joanna and committed to giving the book a fai...

    Read the last half or so in one sitting -- ripping (no pun intended) story with tension well-handled. Quite love the whole world the author's created -- nothing's plainly black or white. I do appreciate some thought in my thrillers. This is the first in the newest series - Mapwalkers....

    I received a review copy of this book from the author but this has not influenced this review. This is a fabulous book. I?m a great fan of J.F. Penn?s books but she has outdone herself with Map of Shadows. It?s so enthralling that I couldn?t stop reading until I got to the e...

    This book was awesome! I sped through it and can't wait for the next installment. JF Penn takes you on a thrill ride through modern day Bath England and it the Borderlands a shadowy version of earth where the decayed and forgotten is pushed from our existence and a team of map walkers ...

    A new series with interesting characters and plot. I've always enjoyed books written about other dimensions and this one is very enjoyable and intriguing. The combination of action, magic and suspense makes this an almost perfect read. It just ends to quickly. What a great first book t...

  • Karen Barth
    Feb 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Radcliff Gregory
    Dec 03, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Michael Mardel
    Dec 21, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

    GREAT ADVENTURE! Being completely honest, I did not enjoy the writing much in the first half of the book. I felt disconnected to the characters and felt there was a lot of information dump through dialogue and I was skeptical, but I love Joanna and committed to giving the book a fai...

    Read the last half or so in one sitting -- ripping (no pun intended) story with tension well-handled. Quite love the whole world the author's created -- nothing's plainly black or white. I do appreciate some thought in my thrillers. This is the first in the newest series - Mapwalkers....

    I received a review copy of this book from the author but this has not influenced this review. This is a fabulous book. I?m a great fan of J.F. Penn?s books but she has outdone herself with Map of Shadows. It?s so enthralling that I couldn?t stop reading until I got to the e...

    This book was awesome! I sped through it and can't wait for the next installment. JF Penn takes you on a thrill ride through modern day Bath England and it the Borderlands a shadowy version of earth where the decayed and forgotten is pushed from our existence and a team of map walkers ...

    A new series with interesting characters and plot. I've always enjoyed books written about other dimensions and this one is very enjoyable and intriguing. The combination of action, magic and suspense makes this an almost perfect read. It just ends to quickly. What a great first book t...

    Map of Shadows by Penn. I'm biased towards her Arkane series and I really enjoyed the one set in New Zealand. This time round I took awhile at the beginning to get in the groove though all was revealed in the following storyline though this didn't flow for me. If you like fantasy and u...

  • yorkshirebooknerd
    Feb 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Sue Peek
    Nov 21, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

    GREAT ADVENTURE! Being completely honest, I did not enjoy the writing much in the first half of the book. I felt disconnected to the characters and felt there was a lot of information dump through dialogue and I was skeptical, but I love Joanna and committed to giving the book a fai...

    Read the last half or so in one sitting -- ripping (no pun intended) story with tension well-handled. Quite love the whole world the author's created -- nothing's plainly black or white. I do appreciate some thought in my thrillers. This is the first in the newest series - Mapwalkers....

    I received a review copy of this book from the author but this has not influenced this review. This is a fabulous book. I?m a great fan of J.F. Penn?s books but she has outdone herself with Map of Shadows. It?s so enthralling that I couldn?t stop reading until I got to the e...

  • Sharon Rouquette
    Nov 16, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Lora Edwards
    Nov 24, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

    GREAT ADVENTURE! Being completely honest, I did not enjoy the writing much in the first half of the book. I felt disconnected to the characters and felt there was a lot of information dump through dialogue and I was skeptical, but I love Joanna and committed to giving the book a fai...

    Read the last half or so in one sitting -- ripping (no pun intended) story with tension well-handled. Quite love the whole world the author's created -- nothing's plainly black or white. I do appreciate some thought in my thrillers. This is the first in the newest series - Mapwalkers....

    I received a review copy of this book from the author but this has not influenced this review. This is a fabulous book. I?m a great fan of J.F. Penn?s books but she has outdone herself with Map of Shadows. It?s so enthralling that I couldn?t stop reading until I got to the e...

    This book was awesome! I sped through it and can't wait for the next installment. JF Penn takes you on a thrill ride through modern day Bath England and it the Borderlands a shadowy version of earth where the decayed and forgotten is pushed from our existence and a team of map walkers ...

  • Pete
    Dec 13, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Erika (tigerlily.books)
    Feb 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

  • J Grace
    Dec 08, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

  • David Taylor
    Dec 03, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

  • Janet
    Nov 26, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Suneeta Mithani
    Dec 12, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    A new book and a new direction for J.F. Penn. Map of Shadows is an excellent synthesis of fantasy, action, intrigue, and a little romance. I was initially intrigued about a book based on maps and cartographers, however I wasn't ready in the least for the direction that Joanna took in t...

    Sienna, the main character is thrown into the magical realm of map walkers. With the death of her grandfather, she is the last Blood Mapwalker. The tale of map walkers and fantasy kingdoms being shifted on the map was an exciting concept and one I hadn't run across in other books. P...

    3.5/5 The story is about Sienna who inherits her grandfather's map shop and discovers she belong to a family of mapwalkers, people with extraordinary magical powers. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this because I never read a book from J.F. Penn before but I remained sur...

    I received an advance reader copy from the author, yet this review is entirely based on my own feelings and experience. I had no knowledge of the book's premise before reading the first page. But as always, I dived in head first. And it took me a little bit of time to warm up to th...

    Loved this book! What an exciting book! J. F. Penn is an amazing writer. This book is full of action, suspense, intrigue, and surprises. Penn knows how to keep your attention and wanting to know what will happen next. Mapwalkers with magical abilities that cross over between two dim...

    As usual, JF Penn's most recent book, Map of Shadows, is a very good read. Her mastery of the craft of writing continues to improve. Her ability to evoke depth and texture grows, a skill which may be envied by many more experienced writers. Overall, a very satisfactory effort. On a ...

    GREAT ADVENTURE! Being completely honest, I did not enjoy the writing much in the first half of the book. I felt disconnected to the characters and felt there was a lot of information dump through dialogue and I was skeptical, but I love Joanna and committed to giving the book a fai...

  • HornFan2 (Mike)
    Dec 11, 2017

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...