Re-Blogged from my monthly Supernatural Underground Post
I’ve just finished a more polished version of the world Map of Amassia, the series I am currently writing. It’s out in 2018 with Entangled Teen. I’m thrilled to be writing Young Adult Fantasy for this publisher.
About the Map
Amassia is a time so far in the future that the continents have reformed into a single landmass. (It’s predicted to happen in another 250 million years.) Here’s a glimpse at my original drawing, before I learned the open source image editor, Gimp.
|My worn sketch and noted for the world of Amassia
We humans have been making maps for thousands of years. From cave paintings to ancient Babylon, Greece, and Asia, to the 21st century, maps are used as tools to help us understand, and explain, the known world.
My Father’s Dragon
It’s no wonder that many fantasy authors choose to do the same, even though their worlds will only exist in their reader’s imaginations.
It all started with Tolkien. The Hobbit, and the LOTR came with a map, and it’s an unspoken expectation that authors of this genre will follow suit.But for me, the longing to look at maps of imagined worlds began before LOTR was ever published, in a little book by Ruth Stiles Gannett called, My Father’s Dragon. I loved hearing the story, and tracing the journey of on the little map.
Another classic map on the heels of Tolkein, Brooks, Goodkind (who apparently didn’t like the idea of mapping at all), Eddings (who thought it was essential), Hobbs, Le Guin, Martin and countless other fantasy authors is the world of Harry Potter.
More recently is the Shadow Hunters, a TV version of The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. With this app, Mundanes can download and view an overlay of the Shadow World
right on their phones.
And finally, here’s the map from one of the more ingenious and mind bending story worlds from China Meiville – The City and the City
. When you think about it, it’t not that far from the Shadow Hunter world, where one city is superimposed over another.
What are your view on maps in books? Do you read them? Are they spoilers, or part of the adventure? Have a favourite?