Positive: Ferran’s Map does not disappoint. Smoothly written, quick, and clever, the story spirals around the main characters in an increasingly deeper web of intrigue. I won’t give spoilery details, but here is a short burst of gut feeling about this amazing book, sans plot details: Sora and Crash must test themselves…are they still the assassin and the upper class socialite after all this time? Or have they become something more, not only to themselves, but to each other? We follow Ferran and Lori to the edges of fear and regret, and back again as they too test themselves. Caprion and Krait are a held breath, full of excitement and expectation.
Negative: There are very few sticking points, but as I said, this book was magnificent. Only little things popped out at me after I pondered for a few days and instead of being necessarily negative, they are…uncertainties. The Grandmaster does not make much of an impact on the characters directly, almost everything is left for his assassins to do for him. I am still unsure of just how to categorize him as the main villain. He’s a little too hands off. I also felt that the hugely important map, after which the book is titled, was a bit of a slow go, and in the end I couldn’t connect it’s actual importance with the vast majority of the plot. I won’t go into spoilery detail, but like I said…uncertainties.
Conclusion: A witty, deep, and moving book that is a surefire step in the right direction for this series. Personally, I truly enjoy this entire series and would love to keep reading more, more, and more!