The Crimson Skew (Mapmakers Trilogy #3) (Paperback)

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The trilogy that started with The Glass Sentence now concludes with The Crimson Skew. S. E. Grove has created a great series for fans of The Golden Compass or Diana Wynne Jones, and this is a satisfying conclusion to Sophia's quest. Grove has created a world alive with the possibilities of the past, while Sophia and her fellow travelers learn the importance of the future as we choose to make it.

— Ruby


The thrilling conclusion to S. E. Grove's New York Times-bestselling Mapmakers Trilogy--a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman

It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last.

But her homecoming is anything but peaceful. Threatening clouds hang over New Orleans harbor. Sinkholes have been opening in Boston, swallowing parts of the city whole. Rogue weirwinds tear up the Baldlands. Worst of all, New Occident is at war, led by a prime minister who will do anything to expand the country westward. He has blackmailed Sophia's beloved uncle Shadrack into drawing the battle maps that will lead countless men and boys--including Sophia's best friend, Theo--to their deaths.

As Sophia puzzles out her next move, Shadrack is peeling back layers of government intrigue, and Theo is bracing himself to fight. A red fog of war is rising, and New Occident's future hangs in the balance . . .

* "A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "A sharply creative, engrossing trilogy . . . Grove's imaginative world building continues to dazzle in this third entry . . . An enormously satisfying wrap-up."--BCCB, starred review

About the Author

S. E. Grove ( is a historian and world traveler. She spends most of her time reading about the early modern Spanish empire, writing about invented empires, and residing in Boston. Follow S. E. Grove on Twitter @segrovebooks.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142423684
ISBN-10: 0142423688
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Mapmakers Trilogy