Here at IronWright, we do love a map with our fantasy novels. Maps are a great way to get a different perspective on what a world is like, alongside the author's descriptions. And if you're a more visual reader, the map can help to orient you in a way that no amount of 'they travelled north for ten days' can achieve. As the protagonist of Dawn Rising says when she finally gets the chance to look at a map of the place she's found herself in, there's something reassuring about knowing exactly where you are in the world.
Click through to see the map that accompanies Dawn Rising, and to read the author's thoughts.
A.F.E. Smith says:
I'm so excited that there's going to be a map in Dawn Rising. Maps are one of the most fun aspects of fantasy novels, because you get to see a completely different world laid out before you. I like to look at the map before I start reading and guess which places will be involved in the story, or return to it at the end and trace the journey that the characters have just been on.
This map shows part of the continent of Endarion, and I love it. You get a sense of where all the key locations in Dawn Rising are, but also a sense that there is a wider world out there - all the countries off the edges of the map. For future books in the series, I hope there will be more maps that open up those new places as the characters travel there.
Dawn Rising is coming in November.