This Top 5 Saturday prompt is from Devouring Books, original post here.
This week’s topic is books with maps. I LOVE when books have maps! It’s just a must for fantasy novels with many geographical locations. While I don’t always pay much attention to the layout of a world (other things often just seem more important..) it’s always wonderful to have maps included anyway and they’re often visually stunning.
The Grishaverse (Shadow and Bone / Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows Duology, King of Scars)
The pics above are ones I took in showing off the hardcover editions of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Also cross-posted to my Instagram, please feel free to follow me if you haven’t yet. ♥ I love the maps in Bardugo books, they’re so pretty and what really makes them special is that the main characters traverse practically every inch of those locations pictured, such as Ketterdam and the prison. And for the world map at large, there are so many main characters who live in different regions of the world and eventually meet or conversely, are completely unbeknownst to each other due to those geographical differences. Long story short I love when maps in books are relevant and you can be in the middle of a book and really feel the relevancy of their inclusion. (Not very interested in geography info dumps though, just some mentionings are fine. ^^’)
A Song Of Ice And Fire (A Game of Thrones #1)
This map is from the illustrated version of this volume which, speak of the devil, I’ve recently reviewed here. :’D I LOVE THE COLORS. Maps are better than no maps, and full color maps are the best of all. Adds an extra layer of realisticness to the terrain and the little decorative bits indicating mountainous regions are a nice touch.
The Folk Of The Air (The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King)
Even though I’m mentioning these third of all, I actually love these maps the most for their cute whimsy and the many tiny illustrations of fae and magical creatures. This is the type of map I’d look at longer for having many unexpected little details to its artistic approach. Also while colorful maps trump B&W maps, cute maps win over them all in my book lol.
I was also going to include Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea Complete Collection (Illustrated version) as having a stellar map, but I liked keeping this post pic-heavy and have yet to take pictures of its visual splendor. It also deserves a spot on this list though.
In closing, I’d like to embed a tweet I found that is totally relevant to this discussion. It may not display in reader mode, so the link is here if you’re interested in viewing it.
😮 This would be SO AWESOME, I wish all these fantasy books had maps set up like this. Especially ones with frequent travel in their plotline.
Thank you for checking out this week’s Top 5 Saturday, a fun and unusual little topic! I hope this post isn’t too pic-heavy but I love pic-heavy posts so I figure some out there may similarly appreciate them. Hope everyone is having a fun weekend ~ Kitty.