What would happen if the one day the world became all jumbled up? This is the world that Grove has built. The Papal States, The Baldlands, New Occident and the Closed Empire are but a few of the ages in this new world, much of which is still changing. Enter our heroine Sophia Tims, the whipsmart daughter of missing explorers now living with her uncle Shadrack.
Shadrack is a world renowned cartologer. But in this fascinating world maps can not only transmit information, but emotions and memories as well. Fascinating! When Shadrack is kidnapped it falls to Sophia to figure out who has kidnapped him and why. We encounter the nefarious Sandmen, and learn about the horrible Lachrima. This is an adventure story as well as being fantastical in nature. The story captures you from the first moment and let's go only when the last page is done. Luckily is is the first in a trilogy so you can visit the world again in book 2. The characters are truly colorful. The world building will keep you coming back for more, and the story is well paced.
I recommend this book for ages 10 and up.