The King is determined to discover what lies beyond the known world, and has promised handsome prize to the ship’s captain who can bring him a map. To do that, they’ll need mapmakers – and 14-year-old Quinn is shocked to be one of the chosen.
While his older brothers long for adventure, Quinn is content with a quiet life on the farm, but when word of his special talent gets out, he has no choice but to pack his bags and join the mismatched crew of slaves and stowaways on board the Libertas.
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What reviewers are saying
Part fantasy quest, part peril on the high seas, Race to the End of the World is rollicking fun. Not since Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author … perfect for readers aged 8 to 12 who are looking for some escapism in the sea of contemporary stories.” – Holly Harper, readings.com.au
“Tait has written an exciting adventure story, with well-drawn characters and sufficient tension to keep the reader moving forward. Her straight-forward, conversational style, and her awareness of what her readership enjoys, surely guarantees that this series will take off with young teenage readers. The first in a trilogy, it has an assurance which others in the genre lack.” – Stella Lees, Reading Time
Stories as vivid and utterly engaging as The Mapmaker Chronicles are rare…if you need a Christmas book for a reader (male or female) from about 9+, this is it!” Megan Daley, Children’s Book Daily
Mystery, monsters, murder and mayhem all feature in this action-packed adventure that will appeal to boys and girls alike.” Kids’ Book Review
Buy it immediately for any lad over eight who is a keen reader. A quest, a reluctant hero, shenanigans on the high seas, monsters, maps, overcoming self-doubt and the power of friendship (and forgiveness). What more could a boy want? You know you are onto an absolute winner when your son tries to look for the next book in the series on your iPad. When queried, Mr 10 said: “That was just the most amazing book. When can I get the next one?”” Kirsty Manning-Wilcox, The Reading Tree
The author’s good imagination coupled with plenty of action propels this initial book of the trilogy to a satisfying end leaving a sense of longing for the second, Prisoner of the Black Hawk, to arrive. Readers will have to be patient until 2015.” Hilary Smillie, Buzz Words Magazine
“This book totally goes into my pile of books-I-will-read-again… The Mapmaker Chronicles is definitely for all genders and in my opinion, all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping with this book and can’t wait to get back on the seas for book two!” – Barb Hopkins, Reading & Writing
Readers of all ages are loving The Mapmaker Chronicles!
**** Amazon “An effortless fantasy adventure for teen boys”
*****Amazon “Enjoyed by both Mr 8 and me immensely. Action packed with rich characters.”
**** Goodreads “Lots of action, adventure and wonder at every port…I would definitely recommend this is a great adventure fantasy-ish romp.”
*****Goodreads “What a great read, absolutely loved it and am sooooo looking forward to book number 2.”