Friday, December 5, 2014

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis



Wherever you need to go--the Map to Everywhere can take you there.

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere--but they aren't the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can't beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!

In Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis's first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.


It took me a while to finish this one, not because I didn't like it, but because other things got in the way.  This is a fun fantasy adventure that I think many fantasy lovers would like.  Marrill and Fin are both great characters and Fin's forgettability is unique in children's literature.  It helps create empathy for the character when you realize that until he meets Marrill, nobody has ever remembered him once he is out of sight.  It makes him admirable that he has found a way to survive despite what most would consider a serious issue.  It is not surprising then that he is willing to do almost anything to try to find his mother who he hopes desperately will remember him.  Marrill on the other hand ends up on the Pirate Stream by accident and desperately want to get home.  They join up with a wizard and a sailor to locate the map to everywhere, hoping that it can help all of them get what they want.  An interesting story with an unusual villain.  The Oracle wants more than anything to make his 'prophecy' come true, even if it means destroying the whole Pirate Stream and all the worlds attached to it.  This makes for an complication that neither Fin nor Marrill need, but they end up having to face decisions even bigger than the ones they started with. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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