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Not since Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.” Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times best-selling author of A Conspiracy of Kings
She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.
Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.
Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack's maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack's life, they are in danger of losing their own.
The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.
"In the alternate Earth of Grove's thrilling, time-bending debut, first in the Mapmakers series, the world was sliced up, seemingly at random, by the Great Disruption of 1799 and reassembled with numerous present, prehistoric, and future 'Ages' all connected. In New Occident, roughly the eastern third of the former United States, it's now 1891, but to the north exists the Prehistoric Snows, and northern Africa is ruled by the ancient Pharaohs. Thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims is pulled into a web of intrigue when Shadrack, her famous 'cartologer' uncle (half mapmaker and half magician), is kidnapped by religious zealots looking for the legendary 'carta mayor, a hidden map that traces the memories of the whole world from the beginning of time to the present.' Joined by a boy named Theo and a ship full of pirates, she travels to Nochtland, a kingdom in what was once Mexico, in search of answers. It's a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic. Ages 10up. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"I think The Glass Sentence is absolutely marvelous. It's the best book I've read in a long time. The world-building is so convincing, the plot so fast-moving and often surprising, and the ideas behind the novel so completely original. I love this book." Nancy Farmer, New York Times best-selling author of The House of the Scorpion
"An exuberantly imagined cascade of unexplored worlds, inscribed in prose and detail as exquisite as the maps young Sophia uses to navigate such unpredictable landscapes. A book like a pirate's treasure hoard for map lovers like me." Elizabeth Wein, New York Times best-selling author of Code Name Verity
"Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction....Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare." Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
S.E. Grove is a historian and world traveler. This is her first novel.