Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
I love geography and am fascinated by the maps you see in fantasy novels, with fancy borders and unique place names. Here is a collection of some of my favorites, from wonderful young adult fantasy books.
The city of Gerse from Thief Errant series, by Elizabeth C. Bunce:
The details in this map is simply amazing. Each building and guard tower is perfect!
Tortall from the Tortall books, by Tamora Pierce:
The version of this map in Tamora Pierce’s books is much nicer, but this map is also very detailed and precise. Tortall looks more like an actual place than a fantasy location.
The Seven Realms from the Seven Realms series, by Cinda Williams Chima:
This map is so handy while reading the series – it really helps explain the routes the characters take on their various journeys.
Bitterblue City, the Seven Kingdoms, and Bitterblue’s Castle from Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore:
The black in these maps really makes them stand out. And the beautiful details in Bitterblue’s Castle map makes it more of a piece of art than a functioning map. I also love the ribbon-like labels.
The Eight Realms from Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale:
The names of these places are very unique and beautiful and the angle of the map makes for a nice perspective on this world.
Ravka from the Grisha series, by Leigh Bardugo:
The fancy decorations on this map make it hauntingly gorgeous. I specifically love the deer in Tsibeya and the monsters in the Unsea.