Synopses & Reviews
In Nalenyr, the family of the Royal Cartographer stands in a unique position. They not only draw the maps, but also explore uncharted territories, expanding and updating the existing knowledge of the world. Their talent has yielded them enormous power and wealth-and it can also cost them their lives.
Now the Royal Cartographers two grandsons, Keles and Jorim, have been sent on a dangerous mission to explore the darkest corner of the unknown. As one charts the seas, looking for new lands, the other braves a region torn apart by ancient magics. Meanwhile, back home, their sister, Nirati, tries to protect her brothers from the intrigues, passions, and jealousies that constantly endanger their family. But what Keles and Jorim discover this time is bigger and more terrifying than any new land or sea. It will threaten the fragile peace maintained since the near-apocalyptic Cataclysm years earlier. And provoke a murderous act against the Cartographers that will set off a chain of events shaking the world-both discovered and undiscovered-to its core.…
"Making maps can be gripping work, as shown in this sweeping novel of grand schemes, imperial machinations and brave heroes who seek new lands, the first in a new fantasy series from bestseller Stackpole (The Grand Crusade). Grandmaster Qiro Anturasi, the royal cartographer, makes the maps for the principality of Nalenyr. They're the most accurate, up-to-date maps available, and they've helped Imperial Prince Cyron of Nalenyr prosper. Cyron uses Qiro's skills to facilitate his campaign to unite the nine principalities into one empire. To this end, Cyron has made the grandmaster a prisoner in Nalenyr's capital city of Moriande. At the same time, Cyron funds expeditions for the younger generation of cartographers so that they can explore more of the unmapped world and bring back information and exotic goods. Of course, no tale of derring-do would be complete without intrigue, here supplied by fly-in-the-ointment Prince Pyrust of Deseirion, who has his own plans to be emperor of the nine. This satisfying story has it all wild magic, the excitement of epic fantasy and the adventure of exploration in the age of sail. Agents, Howard Morhaim and Danny Baror. (Mar. 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The author of bestselling Star Wars novels follows his acclaimed original DragonCrown War Cycle with the first in a dazzling new trilogy. In addition to his bestselling Star Wars books, Michael Stackpole's original fantasy novels have won fans and acclaim from coast to coast. Now he has conjured a universe both utterly believable and wildly imaginative. In a world where talent can spark magic, the family of the Royal Cartographer has a unique gift. These artisans not only draw the maps, but also explore uncharted territories, expanding the existing knowledge about the world. Sometimes, simply drawing a new land can be enough to bring it into existence. And when tragedy strikes the family, the tormented dreams of one young woman flow back to the Royal Cartographer himself, sending him slowly mad--and in danger of bringing these nightmares to life.
About the Author
Michael A. Stackpole started his career as a role-playing and computer game designer before he turned to writing, which gave him a strong grounding in how to appeal most readily to fans. He currently lives in Arizona, where is at work on the follow-up to THE SECRET ATLAS, the second book in this exciting new trilogy.