The Map Maker’s Daughter – Caroline Dunford

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I was so excited to read this book and soon found that I couldn’t put it down. I read it in a few hours, which is unheard of at the minute! Thanks to Zoe and Caroline Dunford for the free book in exchange for an honest review. 


Sharra’s world is a terrifying place. 
Violent seismic ‘Shifts’ and outbreaks of an all-consuming black fire radically alter landscapes on
an increasingly frequent basis. Only the Map Makers can predict where the Shift will fall, and
Sharra, daughter to one of the most famous Map Makers, yearns to join their ranks and break a
cultural taboo that forbids female cartographers.
Sharra’s father, Lord Milton, is one of the few to challenge the current order, but his shadowy
past limits his political reach and his second wife, Lady Ivory, is determined to manipulate him to
ensure a privileged future for herself and her daughter, Jayne. 
The main obstacle standing in Ivory’s way is Sharra.


I wasn’t sure where this book was going and how Sharra would wind up at the end but everything was resolved and all loose ends were explained! Hooray! 

Caroline Dunford does a fantastic job of weaving us into her world of shifts; shifting earth, shifting minds and shifting alliances.

The Earth needs Map Makers to survive and they are a politically-charged group with alliances forming and changing with each ‘shift’. They predict shifts and warn people where they’ll happen and what land will produce which industry. 

Sharra is the daughter of one of the Map Makers but there’s a secret that swirls around her, but she doesn’t know what it is. A mother who died for treason and a stepmother that would make Snow White’s look positively angelic make for a truly shifting story. 

I really enjoyed this book and honestly had no clue how it would end. I hope there’s a sequel! 

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