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Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic

(The Dowser #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,995 ratings  ·  111 reviews
I had new cupcakes to bake, a new treasure to hunt, and a new dragon in town — literally. Who wouldn’t be ecstatic filling their days with chocolate, trinket collecting, and martial arts training?
Yeah … me.
Because no matter how much chocolate I ate, I couldn’t fill the dark pit in my soul. A darkness born from blood alchemy. A darkness that reeked of the black magic I no
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published February 26th 2015 by Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions (first published February 20th 2015)
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Meghan Doidge
Feb 09, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote-it
I can't rate it because I wrote it, but I hope readers like it!!
Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

I must admit, I was having a hard time concentrating on anything at the time of listening to this audiobook, so that may have affected my enjoyment, but I didn't like it quite as much as the previous three books. Jade's whinging about having gone too long without sex was tiresome. Kett wasn't in this one, and I missed him. The new storyline (the books in the series function kind of like trilogies) didn't grip me as much. That being said, I did still enjoy it. I loved the friendsh
3 Stars... I will preface this review by saying that I really enjoy this series and I will absolutely continue with it... However, I struggled a bit with this read... I found myself wondering about the purpose of the storyline... The author did not seem to have a clear focus in this book which made the storyline feel somewhat disjointed... In addition, I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the way in which the author is "dumbing down" the MC, Jade... She is written as this powerfu ...more
Heather Faville
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Our favorite cupcake baking, chocolate obsessing dowser is at it again in Meghan Ciana Doidge's latest release in the Dowser Series entitled Shadows, Maps and Other Ancient Magic. In this latest installment Jade is sent on a quest by the Dragon Council (it's not actually called the Dragon Council, but in my head that's what I call it) to decipher a map, find the location of the "treasure" and get it. Simple, right? Well, if you've read the other three books in the Dowser Series, things are never ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a long while since I jumped into a Dowser book. I thought perhaps after taking such a long break from the series that perhaps Jade wouldn’t annoy me as badly as she did when I was breezing through the novels consistently. Turns out I was wrong! She is such a juvenile and petty person. I honestly don’t understand how anyone can like this MC! ARGH!

So the story line begins 10 months after the last book ended. Jade has been artifact hunting for the Guardian Pulou, picking up many seemingly
Elizabeth Emily Browne
2020: 5 stars

In this one we get to meet Warner<3. I love these books so so much. I can't believe how similar I've found these books since the last time that I read them. I still love them and I'm glad that I reread the first few books so I can carry on with the series.

Warner is so grumpy in this book its hilarious. As he is from the 16th century obviously he is a little overwhelmed and out of his depth when it comes to being in the 21st century. Everything is different and he does strugg
Diana H.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t get enough of this! I would love to watch a TV series based on The Dowser books.
It’s ironic because I didn’t particularly like the first book but I kept thinking about it and its magical world and after the second book, well… I became addicted.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"While it is not necessary to read all three series,..."

Stop there.

What a complete lie. I read this book having not read the first Oracle book (largely because I didn't know it existed). Not even halfway through the book, I found myself incredibly confused as characters referred repeatedly to events (making them sound rather significant!!) that I had not read about. I felt like I had accidentally skipped a book and yes, I closed the book and checked! I persevered despite my confusion to discove
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creatures
I feel like this book took me forever to finish! But it isn't because I didn't like it. It is actually a pretty good book.


So this Warner dragon shows up on Jade's doorstep, friend or foe? skip forward and he is assigned to help with the task of finding one of the assassins instruments along with following a skin map. That's right the map was tattooed on the back of a dragon then when he died the map was removed...eeeewwww.
Jade still has Kandy to help her out, Thank God, or she would ne
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh Jade.. what can I say. This latest installment was fantastic. I loved the addition of Warren to the group and the Indiana Jones references kept me laughing. So much excitement, adventure, a little nail biting, and chocolatey goodness. I think with Jade's addiction for chocolate and continuous sarcasm she and I would be best friends in real life. Meghan made another amazing book. Next one please??
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually start to lose interest within the 3rd/4th book of longer series. It starts to drag or the characters change completely just for drama and I'm not a fan.

But Meghan Doidge's Dowser serious has kept me at the edge of my seat, even at the end of book 4.

I'm hopelessly obsessed with this series. And it's characters.
Xenophon Hendrix
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
This one seems like the author was just going through the motions. There is a noticeable drop in quality between this fourth novel and the first three in the series.
Erica Reiman
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excitingly awaiting, and wanting more.

Wow, book four was utterly entertaining. I am excited to read book 5. Meghan does not disappoint in her work. :)
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite installment so far! I love how Jade comes into her powers quickly but still messes up a lot. I also love that the stakes are high and I love all the snark.
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Jade, Jade, Jade – you are both enjoyable and infuriating! After Rochelle’s story, I wanted to see who all those visions played out and was on the edge of my seat all the way through!

We join Jade, post-snap (ugh, sorry, I just couldn’t resist, I’m horrible and I hated her sister). She is still holding a super huge grudge against Desmond, but have no fear! Pretty early on in this book, we get a yummy replacement in the form of a dragon, previously stuck in time. That makes our gang of good guys
We knew we needed a new direction with Sienna gone, and this definitely shows the new potential nemesis being one that Jade will again struggle with but for a different reason. And I love the addition of Warner as I think Jade does need someone who is a dragon and not a shifter. From book 1, she was told that a shifter would not be someone for her. That they do have mates if they are lucky enough to find them. Having that possibility hanging over your head definitely dulls the hots for someone y ...more
Nikk the Sapphired Book Dragon
I combined reading and listening with this book with kindle whispersync. As far as the story goes, I really enjoyed it. It starts ten months after the end of book 3 and in many ways is the start of a new series arc so in some ways it felt quite fresh whilst also bringing in elements and characters of the previous 3 books. It was an intriguing new adventure and with a new character introduced as a potential love interest for the MC, we got to see a new dynamic in the interactions between the char ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery, magic, dragon
Okay I'm a bit pissed. I didn't read the Oracle book, because I thought it was another series in same universe and they could be read any any order. See I prefer to read one point of view through entire story/series before switching to another characters head. Unfortunately the author LIED. This book kept bringing up things that happened in other series like a marketing plan. Not to mention the main love interest in Desmond is now gone. Seriously pissed! And not ready to move on. Plus I'm pissed ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indiana Jones she isn't

Her treasure seeking is again required. Although now it is to find a deadly killing instrument. Along with a sentinel that has awoken from hundreds of years asleep and Kandy. Their only clue is a map that seems out of focus, magically so, and tattooed onto human skin. They need to decipher the map before the shadow demons try to take it. Sorcerers, a lighthouse that seems stripped of magic, traps, magical leeches and a killer (who although looking as if they were 4 years
Karen  Byington
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
Great Series. Started 1st Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic on December 9th, then went binged all the others and today I start Unleashing Echoes.

1st reason - I've enjoyed this series is I really like the main characters, Jade, Rochelle and Westeria and their friends. I've found for me, if I don't like the people I'm reading about I don't enjoy the story. Her characters are complex with flaws but they care and they are trying to do what's right, which is not always easy.

Plus each Main c
Lily Mordaunt
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve spent the past few days procrastinating on homework, and working my way through this series. And, while I do enjoy it for the most part, there are annoying points that only seem to be getting worse. Jade, and her internal monologue for one. I’m not excited for this new budding romance (it feels forced/just kind of boring). And there were some secondary characters I would have preferred instead of what we were given.
I may still continue, but after a break. I think I’ll go do some homework, a
Sarah Leenart
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The start of a new story line, albeit with a similar big bad going on as before, Jade has a new dragon in her life to contend with and he just might be better than she expected. Woken up from years in stasis, Warner is a great new addition to the story and Jade's life. Sent on a quest (my favourite kind of storyline), Jade is as ever, not really sure of what she should be doing. Her place in the world is unique and whilst other supernaturals seem to fear her, others covet her or want to ruin her ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fun addition to the Adept world. It won't matter what I say about the plot, as you shouldn't read this unless you've read the previous books first. If you don't already know who Jade, Kandy, Kett, and the Guardians are, then this isn't the book for you. There are several new characters introduced here, starting a new story arc that won't finish until book 6ish. I'm loving this series, but it still isn't a full 5 stars to me given how some characters are discarded never to be heard from again and ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a short read! For some reason I kept starting it and never finishing, but this whole book felt action-packed from the beginning. I missed Kett. I’m glad we got to see more of the friendship dynamic between Jade and Kandy. Jade seemed a bit complainy in this book and constantly talking about how her designer clothes were ruined and her lack of relationship. I’ll be continuing on with the series for sure.
Clarie Giselle Mercado
So so....

I like this book and mission for the discovery of the artifacts of assassination but this book dragged a little. Also their were parts where I felt the author tried too hard. Like in the middle of the mission when Jade say oh I have this really bad habit of kissing at really bad times and then they kiss. Either way I still liked this book and will continue with the series.
Lisa Maddison
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little disappointed, I can't lie.

Jade is searching for missing artifacts for the nine guardians and awakens a sleeping sentinel for is guarding what she is looking for, and I was disappointed in the shift from Desmond to this new dragon. There was such good chemistry there, but I will continue with all the books because I will not give up on Jade and Kandy. On to the next book.
Natalina Reis
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun as always. I was sad that Kett barely made an appearance in this book but very excited about a new character who looks very promising, the new dragon sentinel. Jade's friendship with Candy continues to develop and plays a big role in this book as well. My only pep peeve with this series is that I am always craving sugar because of Jade's own obsession with chocolate and cupcakes. Fun and action-packed. Highly recommend.
Book Obsessed!
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Dowser book

The Dowser series is just a fun addictive read. The cupcakes and the shoe obsession border on quirky cheesy, but make the stories more relatable. I am in love with all these characters and want to keep their story going.
Barbara Dunbar
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic

Another fabulous Dowser book which causes eyestrain and sleepless nights and enjoyment. I love the delightful wit and endless action and loyalty engendered by Jade and her bff's.
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Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and cashmere.

Novels (in order of release): After the Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1), Trinkets, Treasures, and O

Other books in the series

The Dowser (9 books)
  • Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser #1)
  • Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser #2)
  • Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic (The Dowser #3)
  • Maps, Artifacts, and other Arcane Magic (The Dowser #5)
  • Artifacts, Dragons, and Other Lethal Magic (The Dowser #6)
  • Champagne, Misfits, and Other Shady Magic (The Dowser, #7)
  • Misfits, Gemstones, and Other Shattered Magic (The Dowser, #8)
  • Gemstones, Elves, and Other Insidious Magic (The Dowser #9)

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