I am currently reading A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle
by S. L. Farrell. George R. R. Martin has called it Farrell’s "best yet, a delicious melange of politics, war, sorcery, and religion in a richly imagined world."
Whenever I read a fantasy novel in a "richly imagined world", one of the first things I look for is a map of the imaginary world. Following the acknowledgements, I was pleased to find this map:
But wait! There's more! I turned the page to find these two maps:
And finally, not three, but four maps:
Each map zooms in on the city of Nessantico, providing a useful guide to this detailed setting. Very helpful. No fantasy author should be allowed to publish without some sort of map in their book!
I have enjoyed other books I've read by Farrell, most notably, Dark Waters Embrace
(writing under the name, Stephen Leigh).
If that wasn't enough, I just noticed a detail on the book cover illustration (blown up below) by Todd Lockwood
. The throne room in Nessantico City includes a globe! #348
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