Prisoner of the Black Hawk: The Mapmaker Chronicles #1 – A.L. Tait

Posted: April 29, 2015 in fantasy, Review, young adult

Prisoner of the Black Hawk

As readers may have noticed, I have a certain fondness for a good map. So, when I saw a young adult fantasy series called “The Mapmaker Chronicles”, I rather thought that it might be of interest. And I have to say that Australian writer A.L. Tait has done a pretty fine job of creating a novel twist on the sailing ship story. He’s wisely taken it fully to a fantasy world, so it’s quite clear that his map is not our map. But sadly, there are no maps in the book. I do think the story could have been greatly enhanced by the inclusion of maps detailing the progress of the Libertas and her crew.

The background is a race to map the world, with the central character being a young map-maker aboard one of the ships. There is a prize for each captain, and Captain Zain is sailing for his freedom. Which is ironic when our young hero, Quinn the map-maker, is captured by Gelynions, and caged below decks… and then they are attacked by pirates! It’s all a lot of fun, and I’m sure this series would be greatly enjoyed by older boys, in particular.


Supplied by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui

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