The Mapmaker Chronicles: Prisoner of the Black Hawk by A. L. Tait

Publication: Released

Amazon suggested age group: 9-14

You know when you’re reading a book and all of sudden you have this moment, and you realize the title starts to make sense. I had one of those moments with this book. I should have noticed it way sooner but still….

Synopsis: In the second thrilling instalment of the Mapmaker Chronicles by Australian author A. L. Tait, Quinn is taken prisoner by a ruthless enemy.

Tomas laughed ‘You think that’s terrifying? Wait till you meet the pescarn…they will eat the flesh off your bones in minutes.’

In the second book in this thrilling series, Mapmaker Quinn is far from home in an exotic land filled with dangerous creatures and ruthless enemies.

When he is betrayed by someone close to him and comes face-to-face with blood-thirsty pirates, he has to decide once and for all who is friend and who is foe…

Is this the end of the race for Quinn-or just the beginning of another incredible adventure in The Mapmaker Chronicles?

Thoughts/review: I’m gonna start this one off by saying, I wish I would have read this book faster than I did. I not kidding! This book took me 3 days short of an entire year to read! It’s not that this book is just that bad, rather I just kept reading other books. Every time I came back to this book I’d manage to read a couple pages to maybe a chapter or 2. Then I would get called away from it, we were going somewhere and I would end up driving, (can’t read it if I’m driving) or I would get called away to do something around the house, stick my bookmark in and let the book sit on my bed…all day…right in plain sight. Can’t miss it. I’ll get to read it later, right? Wrong. Never happened. The next time I wanted to read a book, I gravitated towards the others on my shelf instead of this one. Which makes me sad cause every time I finally got to read this book I was reminded of how good it was, and how much I loved the story.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was the days at sea. I loved how the author made them so natural. They weren’t boring, and weirdly written. If that makes sense. Have you ever tried to write a scene that takes place on a ship…at sea. It’s harder than you might think. At least for me it is. Guess that’s why authors are so good at what they do.

“I guess that’s the secret then,” he said. “As long as someone has hope for you, there’s a chance things will turn out okay.” -Quinn, page 212

I loved this quote. I don’t know why it stood out to me the way it did. Maybe it was just well place? Quinn got into more trouble and faced more hardship in this book then he did in the first. Maybe that’s why I enjoy this quote so much? But whatever the reason, I’m glad A. L. Tait had Quinn say it and not someone else.

“But remember this: the only man who is truly trapped does nothing.” -Zain, Page 218

This was another one quote that stood out to me, that being said, there is still more to this quote. This is just about half of it. The reason why I’m including this one is cause, it’s kinda true. If you do nothing then yeah, you’re truly trapped. Words to live by Zain.๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™ƒ

This was a great book, and it’s follows the 1st book (Race to the End of the World) really well. It was a great addition to the series. I truly hope the 3rd doesn’t take near as long to read as this one did.

~Till the next chapter~


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