I wanted to talk about a really good book I recently finished-- thanks so much to HMH Teen for supplying this book and also allowing me to do a giveaway!
Ulises asked, "How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers."
reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip.
The map curled into itself. "It's bound to be a goose chase. You know
"Or a treasure hunt," Ulises countered, "and you've always been good at those."
Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del
Mar's oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime,
an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters.
Nothing stands in his way...until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into
the light, threatening all he holds dear.
The people of St. John
del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes,
kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps
surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise.
What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to
be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias's father, who vanished on that same
fateful day? With the king's beautiful cousin by his side—whether he
wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the
princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some
truths are better left buried...and an unknown enemy stalks his every
My Rating: 5 couches
My review: I
was getting tired of fantasy and wasn't sure if I'd like this book, but
man, was I wrong! It's a slow burn book, so it took me a little while
to get into it, but it was way worth it because the payoff is so
The book is from several different third person
viewpoints, but the most frequent one, Elias, a mapmaker who along with a
clever 9 year old, Reyna, find a mysterious map that seems to look like
one of his dead father's... the catch is that it was made after his
father's death. Elias, his beautiful love interest and bad ass friend,
Mercedes, and his best friend who is now the king, Ulises, try to figure
out the mystery, and nothing is as it seems.
The characters are
great and are well developed and a lot is packed into this richly
wrought fantasy. It might seem initially slow to people, but I would
recommend sticking with it, because it will be worth it in the end. I
loved the story, the world, and the characters and how things are never
black and white, but shades of gray.
Overall, a beautifully written novel and is intricately plotted. A must read.
And now, thanks to HMH, a giveaway of the book! US only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway