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Map of the Impossible

(Mapwalker #3)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A journey through the realm of the dead.
A threat that will change the world.
A choice that might save everything—or end it all.

As natural disasters sweep Earthside, a mutant army rises in the Borderlands, driven by the dark force behind the Shadow Cartographers.
Sienna and the Mapwalker team must use the Map of the Impossible to journey through the realm of the dead and fac
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Curl Up Press
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Toni Osborne
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Book 3, of the Mapwalker fantasy adventure trilogy.

I must say dark fantasy novels are not my preferred reading experiences and I rarely read them but I make exception when it comes to Ms. Penn. To be fair to the author and to myself I will say what I like about the book and I will also say what I like the least.

The Mapwalker Fantasy trilogy:
- Map of Shadows #1
- Map of Plagues #2
- Map of the Impossible #3

I am a huge fan of her Arkane series and was quite taken by the Sins series also, so when
I was given an advance copy, by J.F. Penn for my honest review.

'Map of the Impossible' falls in genre's that I don't typically read. I've always believed that good authors books always find their way into readers hands. It's J.F. Penn writing that has made me a fan, I really like her Arkane Series a lot and figured that her Mapwalkers series would be equally good.

Just like with Stephen King, Penn has the gift, to give her readers a heart pounding hellacious read, scare the crap out of you, yet
dennis barron
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Map of the Impossible. J.F. Penn

Natural disasters are occurring for no apparent reason. The dark forces of the borderlands are sweeping across and entering earthside. The world is divided into two distinct realms which only a select few in are world are aware of in Bath England. The dark forces of the borderlands are trying to cross over and claim what they feel belongs to them. Not to enrich their life's or help their people. Simply put conquest, domination, control. A select group of individua
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable, has you lost from the beginning in a story that has you hooked. Impossible to guess the ending. Loved it.
Cait Shea
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book, it has been a while since I’ve had such a great page-turner. When Joanna Penn first said, she was writing a trilogy, around cartography, I wondered where this storyline would take me.
I wouldn’t necessarily shy away from dark fantasy but at the same time, witchcraft, and spells, are not areas i would consider exploring. But with the Mapwalker series, I was captured from the get-go. Once again I’m taken on a great adventure, with Sienna, Mila, Perry, Fi
Michael Murphy
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book begins with increasingly violent natural disasters on Earthside as a result of closing the border. As it turned out, the border needed to be open enough to act as a pressure relief for both sides to make necessary crossings, so the Mapwalkers had to use the Map of the Impossible to find a way through the realm of the dead in order to deal with the Shadow Cartographers. Due to their frequent use of their magic, the Shadow had drained enough magic to increase its pull on their spirits. I ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
One of Joanna Penn's great attributes is to create brilliant, believable characters and then thrust them into a truly strange fantasy world, in this series she has created an organisation that uses maps as a medium to travel between realms, the human one (rather prosaically based in Bath in the UK) and the borderlands which is not a nice place!
Although I am not a huge fan of dark fantasy, the sheer quality of the writing has meant that I have thoroughly enjoyed being engrossed by this trilogy, a
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Surprising, thrilling, and sometimes heart-breaking, end to the trilogy

At last, the conclusion to this trilogy that kept me gripped from the beginning. The level of imagination of J.F. Penn still amazes me with every new book. She writes beautifully, the descriptions dragging you into the book and making you feel a part of it. She is not shy of introducing sadness and tragedy, and her characters feel like real people with real problems, even though they inhabit a fantasy setting.
The Mapwalkers a
Michele Perry
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted an ARC from the author, and as with her others in the 'Mapwalkers' series, I was not left disappointed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series from the start, and this final book took me on yet another adventure that had me finishing the book in 2 days. I couldn't put it down!
Sienna and her Mapwalker team did what they do best, while overcoming a whole load of new 'issues' thrown their way.
I loved the melding of 'fiction' with 'fact' (something I highly commend Penn doing in all her
Charli Adams
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third and final novel of the Mapwalker trilogy. In all honesty, I am still processing this book. I enjoyed this trilogy very much and would most likely be reading this again. 

I enjoyed our team once again and having their development end. There were questions for us as readers and for the characters answered. I wanted more of Mila and understanding why she did what she had to do. This was a move I suspected since book 1. Maybe a spinoff with the waterwalkers? Zoe was an interesting c
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
This last adventure of Sienna was so much fun to read. Though there was a lot of foreshadowing as to what the end would be, it was still a surprise.

Loads of awesome description brought the journey to the Borderlands alive (some scary stuff deep beneath the earth) and Zoe was a great addition to the team and to the magic of Mapwalkers.

I like what happened to Mila and the Waterwalker possibilities of the future.

The action scenes were superb and the story took one on an emotional rollercoaster. Ev
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Sienna, Mila, and Perry have a new teammate, Zoe, who is a weaver. The original team is still suffering in various ways from their last trip to the Borderlands and now must find a way back through the very border that they closed to stop the plague from crossing over to Earthside. The tale is very exciting and there is a happy/sad ending, depending on who you are. (I would advise not reading it before bedtime if you don't want nightmares about dead birds coming back to life and such.) Though man ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this final book of the Mapwalker Trilogy, the consequences of the now, pretty much, impenetrable barrier between Earthside and the Boarderlands are being felt almost daily. Now Sienna and her team of Mapwalkers must get through the barrier by taking a route protected by the dead.

Well written, intriguing, and realistic characters that are on a mission to save two worlds. Engaging, and entertaining dialog help this exciting, and action packed plot move along at a quick pace while unexpected twi
Carol Butler
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd of the trilogy Sienna who inherited her map shop off of an uncle and has special powers that enable her to journey into the borderlands, and a dangerous place it is. Carrying on from book 2 there have been natural disasters and fears of an army from the Borderlands would devastate Earthside. Sienna and the Map walkers must return back through the Map of the Impossible to rebalance Earthside before a disaster happens. Can Sienna do it with the team and will she see Finn again will ...more
Maria Lee
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read!
I found myself engrossed in both the plot & the characters without getting bogged down by unnecessary sub plots or detail for details sake.

The storyline was ever changing but straightforward to follow, but it was more than that... it’s an exciting page turner that (for me) had echoes of Harry Potter, early George R R Martin and even a sprinkling of Michael Crichton about it, which I enjoyed immensely.

I’ve only recently come across this author but have read this trilogy with huge en
David Taylor
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Map of the Impossible brings J.F. Penn’s Mapwalkers trilogy to a close. This is one of those series that gets the reader very invested in the story and the characters, that being said I’m feeling a sense of loss knowing that this was the end of the series. There are stories where you know how you want the story to end and how you want your favorite characters to fare in the end. Well, sadly Map of the Impossible didn’t end the way I wanted, and my favorite character didn’t fare the way I wished, ...more
Paul Jr.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series has meant something to me. My first dive into a different world for me. I usually read detective novels and love them but when this series came out I decided to give it a try since I have read many of the other books by J.F. Penn. I enjoyed this series and this book was a great addition. I love the way she makes her town the center of the books, treating it like another character that you want to visit. All of the different characters having different abilities making them a perfect ...more
Normand Girard
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure here: I received this book from Joanna after joining her "Pennfriends", but I can assure you that these thoughts are my own. I could say that this book is the most exciting and interesting of the series, especially the part where the team travels through a "path of the dead" - but then again, make sure you read the first two books to appreciate what I am saying. Here, a new Mapwalker joins the team and her magic is quite something to try and picture.The ending is quite spectacula ...more
Jeffrey Aitken
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I looked forward to my pre-release copy of the third in the series, and I was not disappointed. In her usual action packed, fast pace, the world is experiencing many catastrophic events. Naturally the end of the world, instigated by the evil individuals in charge of the borderland.

Adventures teeter on disaster but ultimately overcome this threat, but the world needs yet more to balance the future. With this twist at the end, I hope the saga continues in the hunt for a fairytale ending for all.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great ending of this trilogy. Closing the border between worlds has threaten the earthside with natural disasters. The Mapwalker Team has a new member and heads out to figure out how to open the borders again so earthside will survive. But the entrance they find into the Borderlands is a maze of traps and not a good omen for their task. The combination of action, magic and suspense makes this an almost perfect read. It just ends to quickly, but does manage to answer all the questions in the gr ...more
Sue Peek
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
J.F. Penn has outdone herself with the final book in the Mapwalkers trilogy. Map of the Impossible contains plenty of excitement and suspense along with loyalty and friendship. I couldn’t stop reading as Sienna and the Mapwalker team face one challenge after another in the Borderlands. With a unique imagination and artful writing style J.F. pulls you into the story for an enjoyable reading experience.

I received a review copy of this book but that in no way influenced my review.
Renee Arthur
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Border between Earthside and the Borderlands has been closed for a while now. Earthside has been experiencing many uncommon natural disasters, and they're unsure of what is happening in the Borderlands. Suspense and both light and dark magic show up throughout the book. It is an awesome end to the trilogy and can also be read as a standalone. This book kept me up reading into the wee hours. I absolutely recommend it. I'm sure I'll read all three books again. ...more
C.D. Storiz
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Argh! I'm so sad this series is over. The sacrifice Bridgette and Sienna both made broke my heart. To give up love in order to fulfill destiny... I loved that Miller found other water walkers and the introduction of the weaver, Zoey, but I so wanted to see Finn happy. Each book in the trilogy just got better and better that I'm sorry I raced through them but I couldn't help myself. I'll never look at another map or compass again in the same way. ...more
Mar 22, 2021 added it
Map of the Impossible (Mapwalkers #3), my fourteenth read from author J.F. Penn. The epic conclusion to the Mapwalker Trilogy. Captivating, with well-developed characters coupled with an outstanding story-line with its intricately woven twists and turns. Penn, as always, does a good job with her character development. I'll be reading more by this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). ...more
Michael Mardel
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Map of the Impossible by JF Penn. Joanna has excelled herself with this story. Mapwalkers, Waterwalkers and Weavers abound. The characters are well-rounded, even the Baddies like Elf. There is some romance thrown in but it is all leading to a denouement. Descriptions abound so the reader is in the middle, feeling the tension. Another cracking tale by Joanna.
Sharon Mitchell
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although I have read everything J. F. Penn has written, this MapWalker series is my favourite.

I’m not quite sure how she accomplished it, but this book was a satisfying end to the trilogy yet, it makes me want more. I truly hope that Joanna decides to write more about these characters.
JoAnna Lamb
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved the third book in the Map series. So descriptive and evocative, with memorable characters who stay with you long after I finished the read, particularly Sienna. Did not want it to end...
Sherry Vaughan
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sienna and friends try to find the Map of the Impossible hoping that they can reopen the border. Sienna is conflicted because she wants to be with Finn but she would lose her friends and family.
Full of angst and life-altering decisions, this is the perfect sequel to the Map of Plagues.
Jean Rufatabahizi
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Map of the Impossible is another five star novel by J.F.Penn. I read it as a penfriend. It is for you if you enjoyed reading her wonderful books Map of Plagues and Map of Shadows.

Jean Baptiste Rufatabahizi, a five star romance novelist.

Naman  Jaloria
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book has interesting information from fantasy to egypt. Also, how the story comes from a 4000+ years old piece of map from the underworld.

I really like this book and found story intriguing and plotted well.
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I'm the award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ARKANE Action Adventure Thriller series, the Brooke & Daniel Crime Thrillers, and the Mapwalker Fantasy Adventure trilogy, as well as other books.

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