I really don’t often use the terms “super-exclusive” or “extra-special”, but in this case. well…
Thanks to Django Wexler, whose excellent debut fantasy The Thousand Names I reviewed here a few weeks ago, I am pleased to present the author’s own hand-drawn concept map for the novel.
Spoiler warning: you may want to skip this map if you haven’t read The Thousand Names yet, because it reveals several plot points and locations you only find out about late in the novel.
So, now the spoiler warning’s out of the way, you can find the super-exclusive, extra-special hand-drawn concept map below the cut!
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Fun story: the author sent me this after I contacted him to ask if his novel would include a map, because my advance review copy of The Thousand Names did not include the map found in the final version of the book. Django was kind enough to send me an electronic copy of the real map, and to include this sketched version as a special treat. I of course immediately asked him if I could share it with my readers, so… here it is! Thanks Django!
Yep, this map is very spoilery. But well done!
So very, very cool!! I don’t tend to look at maps much in my books, but this was one where I also wondered if a map would be in the book.
I love maps in books. Enjoy knowing how far away one thing is from another, if characters can get there in one day, or if it’s a 2 week trek, is it a protected harbor or an open bay, stuff like that. Yay cartography!
Me too! The first time I saw a map of an imaginary place, it just blew my mind. I love following along on the map too, with the right kind of book. Or I try to guess plot details of a book by just looking at the map. “So, let’s see, there’s an area ringed by mountains here, with just one passage through the mountains guarded by this city…”