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

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       Not since I read the first Harry Potter book many moons ago have I been so in awe of an authors' creativity. How does she think of these wonderful things? The Glass Sentence is the story of a world in which there has been a "Great Disruption," and the face of the Earth has been left existing in many different eras, from prehistoric times all the way to eras of the distant future. Borders and governments existing prior to the disruption have mostly disappeared, and been recreated, and in the city of Boston in the country of New Occident, being an explorer and cartologer (map maker and reader) are highly revered professions.Sophia, the intelligent, thoughtful, brave girl at the center of the story, whose parents went exploring many years ago, never to return, now lives with her uncle, an acclaimed cartologer and historian. When her uncle is kidnapped, Sophia must journey to the distant land of the Triple Eras on a quest to find him, and ultimately discover a great deal about herself and what the Fates may have in store for her. Along the way, she encounters and array of vivid characters -- polite Pirates, an eccentric botanist, an orphan boy with a gallant heart and many secrets, a terrifying lost soul -- each with a vital role in her adventure.The Glass Sentence is the first in a trilogy, and while this first installment has a satisfying end to the story, it left me eagerly awaiting the stories to come!" ~Heather                                                                                                                                                                                       

— Heather is our marketing director at Tattered Cover & an avid fiction fan


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