This second installment of the Mapmaker's Trilogy is exciting and dangerous. Typically the middle novel of a trilogy falters and languishes in backstories and slow plots, but not this book it forges straight ahead without looking back.
Sophia sets off on a quest after a series of mysterious sightings, while Shadrack lands himself in jail. In the meantime New Occident is in upheaval and Theo recognizes a dark figure from his past.
The stories are woven separately, just as our two main characters are separated for most of the book. The new characters Sophia encounters are very interesting and the foreign land of Ausentinia, where they seek to travel is as much a mystery as the people Sophia encounters.
This second book is darker and more dangerous than the first book and kids will love it. The story is paced well and the world building is really fantastic.