This post is part of the Wyrd and Wonder blog event that is celebrating all things fantasy! For more information check out the intro post here.
I am a big map person. Maps stick in my head really well. Whenever I’m driving somewhere instead of step by step direction I prefer looking at the route highlighted on a map and following along in my head. When I travel I love looking at the map of the new city I’m exploring and marking out where I’ve walked. When I read I love being able to flip back to the front of a book and check the locations of the story on the map so I figured I’d share some of my favorite fantasy maps. For my list I’m only using maps from books I’ve read.
I’m starting off with a classic, Middle Earth. This has to be the most well known fantasy map and the standard by which all following maps are measured by fantasy lovers. I like this one because of the nostalgic feel I have associated with it. I had a huge poster of this on my bedroom wall in high school and have fond memories of taking it down and using sticky notes to track the Fellowship’s journey while marathoning the movies with my best friend.
The next map on my list is of Roshar from the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. I love this map because it stands out to me as super unique looking. The shape of the world is different from your standard maps. I also love the prevalence of islands on this map. And I love the art style.
The next map is the map of Camorr from the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. My love for this map is heavily tied to my love of the city as a setting for the book. It’s reminiscent of Venice which I loved. I love how the city is broken up with canals and I’m a big fan of boats in books so when I open this book and see a map conducive to a lot of books it makes me even more excited to read that book.
Map 4 on my list is the map of Fiction Island from One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde, which is book 6 of the Thursday Next series. This series partially takes part in the BookWorld and this maps depicts one aspect of the BookWorld. I love this map because it’s totally different from any other fantasy map I’ve seen because it’s literally mapping out genres instead of physical places.
The last map on this list is the map that inspired me to do this list from The Bone Ships by RJ Barker. This one caught my eye because of the art style. I love just staring at this map. I’m currently reading this book and I keep flipping back to the map just to look at it. I also like that it’s a very ocean centric map because again, I’m a sucker for books with boats.
Let me know what your favorite maps are!