Prester John dominates the Known World. Total loyalty is demanded. Disobedience is punished by death.
Fourteen-year-old Elowen Aubyn lives a miserable life in an orphanage. Bullied and lonely, she dreams of escape and adventure, little realising her dreams are about to come terrifyingly real...
When the mysterious Tom Hickathrift gives Elowen an ancient map, she is forced to flee. For the map holds a secret, a secret for which many are prepared to kill, a secret that could change the world for ever...
The opening part of an epic fantasy trilogy, The Map of the Known World is a tale of magic, adventure and friendship.
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About the Author
I am the author of the Tree of Life series of fantasy books and This Sacred Isle, an epic historical fantasy set in Dark Age Britain. I live in Suffolk, England with my wife, daughter and cat. My writing reflects my love of history and mythology, especially the folktales and legends of the British Isles. My literary influences include the works of Mervyn Peake, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Adams and George Orwell. The Tree of Life trilogy (comprised of The Map of the Known World, The Ordeal of Fire and The Last Days) was originally published between 2007 and 2012. A new boxset edition of the trilogy is now available. I am currently in the planning stages of my next novel, a SF story called 'Second Sun'. Aside from writing, I enjoy reading a wide range of books, watching films, visiting museums and art galleries, and spending time with family and friends. I also support Ipswich Town Football Club - sadly not always an enjoyable experience...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A somewhat strange but intriguing tale of a girl on a quest. Elowen is an orphan, chosen to deliver a map to the Illuminati. Her travels are somewhat (only somewhat) akin to the Lord of the Rings quest. She must evade the Redeemers, warriors of the Mother Church, and all nulled adults. It seems that the act of nulling (insertion of a barbed metal into the forehead of adults) puts them under the control of the Redeemers. She is aided in her quest by another orphan, Diggery, a pirate - Black Francis, a wolf - Ulfur, an exiled royal - Prince Asbjorn, the Eldar, Barbegs and numerous other creatures and animals. This story took a bit of getting used to but by the time I was half-way through I was completely hooked and couldn't wait to see what would happen next.