I love nothing more than when I open a new book not knowing diddly-squat about it and feasting my eyes upon a glorious map. The more detail the better – I like seeing all of that shading, them trees and seamonsters. I’m a very visual little slug, and whilst I like to think that my imagination captures most of the magical descriptions in books, I always seem to struggle when there isn’t a map involved.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m totally lost if there isn’t a map involved, but I much prefer it. I often refer back and forth between the text and the map to look at where they’re travelling to/from, and it helps me visualise things so much better.
Some books have absolutely stunning maps. The most recent and gorgeous one I’ve seen is in The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine (the entire binding of this book is gorgeous). Feast your eyes, and click the images to enlarge:
Then there’s the map of Red Rising by Pierce Brown, which is a book I just finished and loved (review to come soon!). I would totally binge read the whole series if I didn’t have others scheduled.
That being said, there are many books that I love that don’t have maps, and some that don’t even need maps. I always prefer to have them though, it’s makes the world seem more, I don’t know… tangible?
Do you need maps?
What are the nicest maps you have seen?
PS. I’d also like to say a mahooooossive thank you to everyone for their support on FairyLoot, it’s been amazing! I’m sorry my posts aren’t as frequent as they usually are, I’m still getting things set up properly and it is hectic as you can imagine 😀