The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove is the conclusion to the Mapmaker’s Trilogy and delivers long-sought answers to our band of adventurers. This series is one of those with younger characters but a complex and fascinating world, sure to intrigue fans of adult fantasy as well. I ended up listening to this final book on audio and quite enjoyed the narration, so definitely pick up this series if you need an excellent audiobook adventure!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Crimson Skew from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
(The Mapmakers Trilogy #3)
Published by Viking Penguin on July 12th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 432 pages
Audio Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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The final volume in S.E. Grove’s stunning, bestselling Mapmakers trilogy.
At the end of The Golden Specific, Sophia was on her way home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo. But he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War—Prime Minister Broadgirdle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny. Shadrack is in his thrall as War Cartologer and cannot help his niece.
Sophia leaves right away to track down her best friend and solve the mystery of her parents once and for all. Then Shadrack hears of a horrifying weapon. It is a red fog called the Crimson Skew, and if you inhale it, you become a murderer. Sophia and her companions—and Theo’s army company—are directly in its path. There is a fate worse than death, and it is about to ruin their lives…
- As you would hope from a trilogy conclusion, The Crimson Skew delivers a lot of answers to the questions Sophia has been asking all along the way. What caused the Great Disruption? What are these Ages really? Why is Broadgirdle so horrible????? What happened to Sophia’s parents? I was quite satisfied with all these answers and felt they all fit into place in a logical way while still bringing some new revelations.
- Everyone’s favorite pirate sibling duo is back, along with several other favorite secondary characters from the previous books! In addition, Sophia and Theo both meet some new friends, including a very intelligent moose!
- As the villain of the story, Broadgirdle is supposed to make me hate him, but wow, he reached Umbridge level of hate by the end of the second book! It was so so so satisfying for him to finally be brought to justice and have his plans fall through, mwahahahahaha!
- This is the first of the trilogy that I’ve listened to on audiobook and I sort of wish I had from the start! The narrator does a great job at giving the characters different accents depending on what part of the world they are from, along with tone and pitch differences to distinguish characters.
- No romance develops at any point! I kept worrying that things would happen between Sophia and Theo, but look, boys and girls can be just friends!
- When I finished The Crimson Skew, I wondered why I didn’t feel quite as in love as I had with the first book and, to a lesser degree, the second. I think it’s that this concluding volume lacked that sense of wonderment and mystery that the first two books did. As we learned about the Ages and what was really going on, there was just answers and no new questions to intrigue me.
The Crimson Skew is a satisfying and solid ending to overall very enjoyable trilogy. If you love unique fantasy worlds and magic, this is definitely a series to check out!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Crimson Skew by S. E. Grove
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