Mapmakers and the Lost Magic by Cameron Chittock

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Mapmakers and the Lost Magic

Author: Cameron Chittock, Amanda Castillo (Illustrator)

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: middle grade readers, graphic novel, fantasy, environmentalism

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Genre: MG Graphic Novel Fantasy

Age Relevance: 9+ (totalitarian government, environmentalism, parental death, grief, hurt animal)

Explanation of Above: The book features an army that has taken over a town and is inflicting a totalitarian ran government on the native people. There is environmentalism shown and explained, as well as humans place in the ecosystem. There are mentions of parental death and grief, and there is are animals (a crane and some worms) hurt in the book.

Publisher: Random House Graphic

Pages: 256

Synopsis: For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they’ve long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip–there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade’s help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats!

But the Mapmakers are long gone.

Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she’s always wanted…or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she’s ever known.

This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.

Review: The book is a new favorite of mine! I loved the story and how environmentalism was tied into the story, as well as how simple it was explained so children reading the book could understand it. The book also went into oppressive government control and how that can impact native inhabitants of an area. The book has amazing character development and the world building was amazing. The illustrations were well done and I loved it so much. I am hoping for a sequel so I can help save more Memris!

The only issue I had with the book is that I thought some of the scenes were a bit quicker paced than others, but I think this would be perfect for a younger middle grade reader, especially one that is interested in the environment or natural science.

Verdict: I absolutely loved this book! Highly recommend!

Book Info:

Mapmakers and the Lost Magic by Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: April 26, 2022

Synopsis:

A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice–run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords.

For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they’ve long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip–there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade’s help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats!

But the Mapmakers are long gone.

Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she’s always wanted…or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she’s ever known.

This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58678502-mapmakers-and-the-lost-magic

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593172868/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sin?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sin_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mapmakers-and-the-lost-magic-cameron-chittock/1139909642?ean=9780593172865

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Mapmakers-Lost-Magic-Cameron-Chittock/9780593172865?ref=grid-view&qid=1645552108185&sr=1-1

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/mapmakers-and-the-lost-magic/9780593172865-item.html?ikwid=mapmakers+and+the+lost+magic&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=3f9083050685b9bfcc4761107007b745 IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593172865

Amanda Castillois a comic artist, illustrator, and storyteller, born and raised in the Bay Area in California. Having grown up inspired by piles of manga, games about friendship and adventure, and the endless wonders of the California outdoors, Amanda went on to study illustration to hone a skill set to tell warm and heartfelt stories that could be enjoyed and remembered by someone like you! After getting into the comics world through working with Youth in Decline, Amanda has since contributed to publishers such as BOOM! Studios, Lion Forge, and now Random House Graphic. In addition to making comics, Amanda has shown work in galleries domestically and helped judge annual comics awards. When not making comics, Amanda enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones, making warm and hearty meals, learning to tend to plants, and taking in the lovely moments the world has to offer. Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is their debut graphic novel. 

Amanda’s Author Links:

Website: https://www.amanda-castillo.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mandallin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandallin/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19121587.Amanda_Castillo Store: https://mandallin.storenvy.com/

About the Author:

Cameron Chittock is a writer from northeast Ohio. He grew up surrounded by siblings, wildlife, and comics of all kinds. Cameron’s writing is possible thanks to patient teachers, encouraging friends, and a supportive family. His favorite stories are those of heroes and friendship. Cameron previously edited comics, including titles such as Mech Cadet Yu, the Eisner Award–nominated graphic novel New World, and Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal. He now lives in New England and works in education. When he’s not writing, he enjoys coaching basketball, reading giant fantasy books, and sitting by the pond with his family. Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is his debut graphic novel. 

Cameron’s Author Links:

Website: https://www.cameronwtchittock.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameronchittock Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19618373.Cameron_Chittock

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