A Secret Atlas: Book One of the Age of Discovery

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A Secret Atlas: Book One of the Age of Discovery

by Michael A. Stackpole

Random House Publishing Group | January 31, 2006 | Mass Market Paperbound

A Secret Atlas: Book One of the Age of Discovery is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
In a world where strong enough talent can engender magic, the family of the Royal Cartographer stands in a unique position. For these bold relations not only draw the maps, but also explore uncharted territories, expanding and updating the existing knowledge about the world. Only sometimes, drawing a new land can be enough to bring it into being. And when tragedy strikes the family, the tormented dreams of one young woman feed back to the Royal Cartographer himself, sending him slowly mad. And maybe also creating a new land where those dreams have become a tangible reality...

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 640 pages, 6.88 × 4.21 × 1.4 in

Published: January 31, 2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553586637

ISBN - 13: 9780553586633

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A New Approach to Fantasy Everyday, new forms of fantasy are being added to the shelves in your local bookstore. Authors are always experimenting with new angles and approaches to the genre, whether it be through character development or a connection to another genre. I recently read a few titles by Tamara Siler Jones that explored this experimentation. "The Age of Discovery" by Michael Stackpole, does the same. The three titles in the series, A Secret Atlas, Cartomancy, and The New World, follows the story of Keles, Jorim, and Nirati Antrux... and their various journeys in the world mapped out by their grandfather, Qiro. Throughout the world, evidence of another worldly battle is approaching - ancient heroes who lay sleeping for seven hundred years are re-appearing, and the gods are becoming restless. When you first approach these titles, it is important to keep in mind that Stackpole's writing style is quite different compared to your normal fantasy fare. He strings out several character plots all at the same time, but seperates them by chapters. Yes, every chapter switches to a different character plot - this is both good and bad. Good, because it helps to fill in small details about what all of the characters are doing in the world, since they are seperates by vast distances. Bad, because just as something cool happens with a character, you need to wait six or seven chapters to get back to them and find out what happens. This becomes a particular problem in Cartomancy, where I found myself constantly wanting to KNOW what was going to happen next, but was unable to find out. It also becomes a problem in The New World, particularly at the end, where some of the character plots only appear sporatically, or dissapear entirely until the end of the book. This style also makes the series a hard one to really get into at the start, because it takes so long to get used to the narrative - until the second half of A Secret Atlas, you continue to wonder 'is anything going to happen soon?' However, I highly suggest staying with the series, because it definitly becomes very interesting once you get used to the writing style. Overall, I'm impressed by the series. At times, the story gets a little too complex, and at times the plot introduces somewhat 'easy' solutions to otherwise complex problems - inparticular, part of the ending of The New World does this (perhaps some people will love the ending, but I saw it as a bit of a let down). Either way, the series is still a great read, and I definitly reccomend it.
Date published: 2008-01-10

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A Secret Atlas: Book One of the Age of Discovery

by Michael A. Stackpole

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 640 pages, 6.88 × 4.21 × 1.4 in

Published: January 31, 2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553586637

ISBN - 13: 9780553586633

About the Book

The author of bestselling "Star Wars" novels follows his acclaimed original DragonCrown War Cycle with the first in a dazzling new trilogy. Stackpole's original fantasy novels have won fans and acclaim from coast to coast.

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Chapter One 32nd day, Month of the Bat, Year of the Dog 9th Year of Imperial Prince Cyron’s Court 162nd Year of the Komyr Dynasty 736th year since the Cataclysm Imperial Road South Nalenyr Moraven Tolo reached the crest of the hill a few steps before his traveling companions. The half-blind old man who wheezed up behind him gasped involuntarily. He looked back as his grandson and great-grandson joined him, then gestured at the city in the distance. “There it is, Moriande, the grandest city in the world.” The swordsman nodded slowly in agreement. The road ran down the forested hillside and glimpses of it could be seen twisting through the Gold River valley to the city. It had been years since he’d seen Nalenyr’s capital, and it had grown, but was still easily recognizable. Wentokikun, the tallest of the city’s nine towers, dominated its eastern quarter, and using that as a landmark made fixing the other places easier. The old man, his wispy beard and hair dancing in the light breeze, nodded toward Moriande. “The biggest tower, there to the east, is the Imperial Palace. I may not see well now, but I see it clear. It makes me remember when I last saw it.” Moraven remained silent, though the sight of the capital filled him with much the same awe as it did the rest of the pilgrims. Moriande’s growth reflected the change in the world. As wild magic decreased in civilized lands, and trade brought prosperity, Moriande became a sym
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In a world where strong enough talent can engender magic, the family of the Royal Cartographer stands in a unique position. For these bold relations not only draw the maps, but also explore uncharted territories, expanding and updating the existing knowledge about the world. Only sometimes, drawing a new land can be enough to bring it into being. And when tragedy strikes the family, the tormented dreams of one young woman feed back to the Royal Cartographer himself, sending him slowly mad. And maybe also creating a new land where those dreams have become a tangible reality...

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In a world where strong enough talent can engender magic, the family of the Royal Cartographer stands in a unique position. For these bold relations not only draw the maps, but also explore uncharted territories, expanding and updating the existing knowledge about the world. Only sometimes, drawing a new land can be enough to bring it into being. And when tragedy strikes the family, the tormented dreams of one young woman feed back to the Royal Cartographer himself, sending him slowly mad. And maybe also creating a new land where those dreams have become a tangible reality...

About the Author

Michael A. Stackpole started his career as a role-playing and computer game designer before he turned to writing, which gave him a strong grounding in how to appeal most readily to fans. He currently lives in Arizona, where is at work on the follow-up to THE SECRET ATLAS, the second book in this exciting new trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] sweeping novel of grand schemes, imperial machinations and brave heroes who seek new lands."
--Publishers Weekly


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