The Glass Sentence (Mapmakers Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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I LOVE this imaginative adventure series about a world in which time has fragmented and map making is now the world's most dangerous job. As Sophia searches for her parents in a perilous new world, she uncovers secrets, mysterious, sinister enemies, and loyal friends. A winner!

— From Sarah


For fans of The Golden Compass, this New York Times bestseller will take you on a fantastic journey across worlds and time.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World--a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, Sophia's parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia must search for him with the help of Theo, a refugee from the West. Together they travel over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounter pirates and traders, and rely on a combination of Shadrack's maps, common sense, and Sophia's unusual powers of observation. Little do they know that their lives are in as much danger as Shadrack's.

A New York Times Bestseller

"I am in no doubt about the energy of S.E. Grove as a full-fledged, pathfinding fantasist. I look forward to the next installment to place upon the pile. Intensely."--Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review

* "Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

S. E. Grove ( is a historian and world traveler. She spends most of her time reading about the early modern Spanish empire, writing about invented empires, and residing in Boston. Follow S. E. Grove on Twitter @segrovebooks.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142423660
ISBN-10: 0142423661
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: June 16th, 2015
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Mapmakers Trilogy