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The Last Mapmaker

By: Christina Soontornvat
Narrated by: Sura Siu
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Publisher's Summary

"Sura Siu captivates as she narrates this breathtaking seafaring adventure."
—Audiofile Magazine

"[A] tale full of both excitement and heart."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world.

In a fantasy adventure every bit as compelling and confident in its world building as her Newbery Honor Book A Wish in the Dark, Christina Soontornvat explores a young woman’s struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. As assistant to Mangkon’s most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman—and in a kingdom where the status of one’s ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could ruin her. Sai seizes the chance to join an expedition to chart the southern seas, but she isn’t the only one aboard with secrets. When Sai learns that the ship might be heading for the fabled Sunderlands—a land of dragons, dangers, and riches beyond imagining—she must weigh the cost of her dreams. Vivid, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, this tale of identity and integrity is as beautiful and intricate as the maps of old.

©2022 Christina Soontornvat (P)2022 OrangeSky Audio

Critic Reviews

"*[An] imaginative Thai-inspired fantasy." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"With action that moves faster than a ship under full sail, The Last Mapmaker is a Thai-inspired fantasy brimming with adventure, surprises and betrayal." --Bookpage  

"[A] swashbuckling, seafaring potboiler." —The New York Times Book Review

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Marvelously well-written, beautifully narrated

An extremely well-written and narrated story of a 12 year old girl who is determined to succeed, fighting the odds, and who is not perfect but earnestly tries to do better. The book is marvelously plotted, although I would have enjoyed a much longer resolution...I had to re-read the last few short chapters as I thought I missed something. That is the only flaw. I will say, I was shocked by the villain...the author really surprised me. The complexities of the plot and every single character were so well-rendered. I know this is technically a middle-school or young adult novel, but it is completely engrossing to any thoughtful adult. The social commentary on class, colonization, abuse/respect of other creatures, and other themes is well-treated, but not at all with a sledge hammer. The writing is excellent. The narration is excellent. The book moves along very fast, engrossing throughout. I would have enjoyed it twice as long!

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Good story for the whole family

We listened to this as a family and were so invested in the story! My husband was even excited to listen, which is not typical.