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THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Prolific author Anderson steps into uncharted waters with his first foray into fantasy. The Terra Incognita series starter is a spectacular adventure on the high seas, with excellent worldbuilding that makes you feel like you're onboard. It's a historical novel of discovery with action, sea monsters and magic, an entertaining tale that will draw you in.
In an age of unexplored seas, maps are drawn with large blank areas marked "terra incognita" -- unknown land. For two decades war raged between two continents divided by their worship of different gods. After a disastrous encounter between the Fishhook, a Tierran trading ship, and Uraban privateers, King Korastine of Tierra fears there will be repercussions. His daughter, Princess Anjine, accompanies him on a mission to salvage the situation.
The leaders of both lands agree to divide the world between them for exploration, but an accident destroys the peace. Meanwhile, an ancient map is discovered that shows the way to a land described in legends. (ORBIT, Jun., 608 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski
Published: June 2009