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The Crimson Skew

(The Mapmakers Trilogy #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,081 ratings  ·  165 reviews
The final volume in S.E. Grove’s stunning, bestselling Mapmakers trilogy.

At the end of The Golden Specific, Sophia was on her way home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo. But he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War—Prime Minister Broadgirdle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny. Shadrack is in his thrall as War Cartologer and cannot help his niece.

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I may have to re-read this book and re-write this review at some point in the future, because at the moment I’m not sure whether it’s a very good book or an incredibly profound and very good book. I would hate to do it any disservice with a review that seems less enthusiastic than my rhapsodic raves about The Glass Sentence and The Golden Specific, yet here I find myself beginning with equivocations and qualifications instead of ebullience, so that may speak for itself.

Make no mistake that this
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
YES YES YES a thousand times YES. Perfect ending to the series. I am beyond happy.

Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was disappointed with the ending of this trilogy. The main characters (Sophia, Theo and Shadrack) remain separated as they were in previous books, but the transition between the characters seem labored to me in many parts. Sophia spends much of her time being shepherded by other gifted people who face dangers to shield her, and then she comes up with some amazing insight. I liked the three sisters, who were much different than their reputation, Birke (the canoe), and the moose. Author SE Grove ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it

I don't think this is the book's fault so much as my own. I was under anxiety medication while reading this, so obviously I was in and out of sleep. I do remember some parts being a bit boring and I don't know if it was me or the actual book, specially Sophia's parts for some reason. other things were sort of confusing but I did loved reading about the other characters, with their own storytelling and endeavors they were all just so much fun and hilarious together. still full of adventure,
Nov 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Pam (YA Escape)
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I debated between 2 and 3 stars. Honestly...disappointing.
Kristen Beverly
Such a great ending to this trilogy!!! Many questions are answered & left me with a satisfied feeling at the end. Highly recommend this entire series.

I got a copy of this through my job.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Electronic ARC provided by Edelweiss.

This is a relatively satisfying conclusion to what I think is one of the most original and fun children's fantasy trilogies of the past several years. Sophia remains a likeable and sympathetic main character as her adventures take her through a fantastical version of the Midwest and the Great Lakes. The world building is creative, characters are nicely varied, and there is not a hint of romance anywhere in the trilogy.

My biggest issue with "The Crimson
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
A satisfying conclusion to the series with a plot that was easier to follow than that of the second book. This continues to be a unusual series with original and well-developed characters. (In many ways, the unique supporting characters remind me of those found in the The Wizard of Oz series and The Hobbit--strongly written, unlike the characters found in other books, and fun to get to know). However, I still struggle as to the audience for this book and series. The vocabulary is way too ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The world building and characterisations are still spectacular and the new characters--especially Nosh--are well worth getting to know. However, the ending didn't always feel organic to what had come before and the downfall of Broadgirdle and the end of the war felt rushed and almost too easy. Still, it's a delightful trilogy that is perfect for middle grade readers who want something more meaty than most Middle Reader fantasy and, really, for anyone who enjoys being immersed in a unique world ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a mixed bag.

Awhile ago I requested my library purchase a copy because I wanted to read it. They did; out of the blue I was surprised with an email telling me this book was waiting for me. I had no time to go back and re-read the first two books in the trilogy, which would have been very helpful as the author assumes you know what's come before and doesn't waste time rehashing (usually I appreciate that but in this instance it would have been very helpful).

I was afraid from the
Octavia Cade
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Have finally finished the concluding volume of this YA fantasy trilogy (had to wait on the library to order it!). It's an enjoyable read, but as with the second volume it doesn't quite reach the level of interest as the first. The ending, in particular, seems very crammed together and the political plot with Bracegirdle falls apart excessively easily, considering how he was set up in The Golden Specific as some sort of malign genius. Poor little Datura stands in for the creepy "villain" side of ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Oh how I wish more people have read this series so I had someone to talk to about it all. I continued to love the world that Grove built and I am sad to leave it, though with the epilogue I can continue to imagine all the adventures our heroes will have in the future.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series so much!
Izzy  P.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-2019
Just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, I read the final book. There was a nice sense of closure and it was hard to say goodbye to the characters; old and new. It was absolutely amazing.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I mostly liked this. It was bogged down with the same types of problems the other books were--information overload, too many characters and subplots to juggle. The prose was lovely, but it felt more complex than a middle-grade book (but maybe high standards are a good thing). The ending with Sophia's parents was bittersweet but probably for the best. I was hoping for more of an emotional resolution with Sophia, Shadrack, and (particularly) Theo, though, and didn't get it, and that was a letdown. ...more
Amy B
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Strangely and sadly anti-climactic. The second one had such great villains that I was almost terrified when I started reading this because of what might happen. But I needn't have worried. No, not everything ends perfectly, but there really didn't seem to be any villains at all and I felt no tension or excitement during any moment of the story, except perhaps some brief moments regarding Theo's storyline. Other than that things resolved. And there really wasn't any teamwork, or ...more
Janet Riegel
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
The whole Mapmaker's Trilogy is a fascinating series. The setting is a world in which different parts of the world are in different time periods. Sophia TImms lives in New Occident which is essentially the East coast of North America. Her parents are explorers and are lost and she heads out to find them. Another thing that is very different and central to the stories are the maps. Some maps are physical, but others are memory maps. They are collected memories of the people that live in the area ...more
Maya White-Lurie
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series. The characters continue to develop as their adventure continues and the world deepens as new information is revealed. There are some parts that felt a little rushed, but I enjoyed it over all.

I highly recommend this for anyone who loves fantasy adventure (particularly the His Dark Materials trilogy).
Clare Doornbos
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful ending to this fantastic and fantastical series. All the books contain the best world building and I am very pleased to see it continue here. Gorgeous.
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Great end to a fantastic trilogy.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
After I first finished reading, I wrote several paragraphs about maybe two things: how much I enjoy SE Grove's prose for its own sake, and that this particular book left only a faint impression on my memory if any.

The Mapmakers Trilogy is ambitious. Multiple plot lines, histories voiced by both viewpoint and nonperspective characters, literal world exploration... Even the titles require some thought to get. Everything from the language to some of the structure of the overarching plot relies on
Tatiana Dengo
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the last book in the Mapmakers Trilogy, a middle grade fantasy about a world where time was disrupted all over the planet and each geographical region now corresponds to a different age of human history. For example: New England is stuck in the late 1800’s, and South America is in a mysterious glacial age far in a future that is unknown to us.

While the style of writing remains pleasantly fluid, and the characters are all virtuous people, for the last book in a trilogy, this didn’t blow
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the previous two novels we have been introduced to Sophia Tim’s and her friend Theo. We have also met such disparate and interesting characters as Sophia’s uncle Shadrack, an Elodean named Goldenrod, and a falconer name Errol who travel with Sophia. We have learned about Wren, Winnie and Nettie. This last installment brings all the stories together and has them all converge together at once.
Sophia is back in the United Indies with Callista and her brother, and are joined by Wren, Goldenrod
So uh. This was kind of a disappointing end to what was a promising and fun series... :C

The first book was so much fun and so exciting and the premise was really unique and neat!! And then the second book was, again, fun and unique, granted not as commanding as the first, but still fun and a good expansion on the world established in the first.

This last installment was just.. kinda... bleh. There was some good buildup in the first third-ish, where there was some kind of spooky happening with
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the final book of the Mapmakers Trilogy. It continues just after that last book - the Golden Specific ends.

The book continues to split the main characters throughout this book.

Sophia Tims continues her quest to find out what happened to her parents. She her quest is successful by the end of the book but throughout the book, she meets new people and discovers herself as well as learnt more about the different ages.

Sophia's uncle Shadrack Elli is still in Boston where he tries to
Maja Helena
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don’t think I can quite put it into words how disappointed I am in this series. It had soooo much potential with its original world but nothing was ever really, truly developed in depth and everything felt extremely basic and shallow.

The maps and the different Ages could have been much more fleshed out and several of the character felt like caricatures; there were too many characters for the plot and I felt never really got to know any of them as they appeared so sporadically and only seemed
Sam Musher
A gorgeously complicated, satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I feel good about where all the characters wound up, though I want to continue playing in the world of the Disruption forever. It's one of the richest worlds I've ever read for creating endless stories, so I hope Grove isn't bored with it.

It was hard for me to ignore the Trumpian parallels with Gordon Broadgirdle, the cruelly duplicitous prime minister, although he existed as a character long before Trump got involved in the
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, fiction
I loved the trilogy as a whole. It was very inventive, the ideas so unique! It just got a bit confusing near the end because of all the technical details of how things in the world work, it was explained, but there was so much of it that it got a bit chaotic. Other than that, the series was awesome and definitely recommended for fans of Middle Grade.

It's everything that a middle grade book should be. Full of adventure, storytelling, growing up and learning, the strength of family and
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