Book Reviews

The MapThe Map by T. S. Learner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really found it engrossing.

When I first chose this book, it was out of a mixture of desperation/wanting to experiment with something new kind of a feeling. I liked the feel of the title and cover. It was a risk because I am not the one who goes for absolutely unknown writers (This is my First T.S.Learner) I love mysteries/thrillers and usually by tried and tested authors.

But I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe a bit draggy, but generally the author is very skilled at creating the scenarios and characters. Plus her knowledge of facts and how she has used it in this book is very good. And I actually felt moved by the fate of the characters Andere , Izarra, edouard, and jimmy peters. The part on the tree of life is fascinating and also how the mazes were created. Also found the character of Olivia intriguing. Is she good/bad?There is a question mark there. She is definitely psychic. The book picks up pace after the first 1/4.

Actually several questions left hanging for which I guess I need to read the sequel. What happens to august? Is he finally acquitted of the crimes thought to have been committed by him? Will there be a face to face between him and Hully? How does he deal with the betrayal? What about Gabirel? Will August re -unite with Cecily? Though I guess Izarra was closest to him.

I was really fascinated by the story of the Basques. And the suffering of people under colonialist yoke is highlighted well and it is moving. As well as the description of the kabbalah.

At the end of the day, she is able to grip and capture my interest. And I feel glad that I chose this book.

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3 responses

  1. Hi,
    Haven’t read this one in particular,but I love most books. I just read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho for the first time.I now understand some things about my own life.You know we all have this desire or purpose that which lives in us.Some pursue it and others don’t.The story was deeply profound on many levels.When you know why you do something its easier to keep going.To every explorer, keep searching for your treasure, blessings!

    • thanks so much for the valuable feedback. Paulo Coelho has been in my reading list for a long time but I have not got down to reading it as of now…I guess i need to do it…that is such a beautiful line. as a lifelong explorer, i have to keep searching..

  2. Hi,
    Haven’t read this one in particular,but I love most books. I just read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho for the first time.I now understand some things about my own life.You know we all have this desire or purpose that which lives in us.Some pursue it and others don’t.The story was deeply profound on many levels.When you know why you do something its easier to keep going.To every explorer, keep searching for your treasure, blessings!

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