A Secret Atlas : Book One of the Age of Discovery
by Michael A. Stackpole
Spectra Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0553586637
Date: 31 January, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From publicity material: With A Secret Atlas, the first book in his The Age of Discovery trilogy, Stackpole launches a unique new fantasy series in which he explores the concept of "Cartomancy," where mapmakers can literally change the world with a few pen strokes. In Stackpole's richly imagined world, talent can spark magic, and the family of the Royal Cartographer has a unique gift. the artisans of this family not only draw maps, but also explore uncharted territories, expanding the existing knowledge about the world. Sometimes simply drawing a new land can be enough to bring it into existence. But when tragedy strikes the family, the tormented dreams of one young woman flow back to the Royal Cartographer himself, sending him slowly mad--and putting him in danger of bringing these nightmares to list.