Genre: middle grade adventure fiction
Length: 433 pages
Setting: various locations within the Pirate Stream
Interest: I saw it reviewed somewhere recently and it sounded like something the kids would enjoy so I requested it. It looked interesting enough I decided to read it as well.
Summary: We follow the story of two kids, Fin, an orphan living in Khaznot Quay, and Marrill, a girl from our world, until their lives intersect. Fin has the dubious talent of being forgotten as soon as he’s out of sight. That makes him a great thief, but he can never make a friend. Marrill has lived a life of high adventure until her mother gets sick. She meets the wizard Ardent when a branch of the Pirate Stream strands his ship, the Kraken, in her world. Ardent is looking for the pieces to the Map to Everywhere. Marrill gets on board his ship and then can’t go home until they find the map. Marrill meets Fin in Kaznot Quay& discovers she has the unique ability of remembering who Fin is. Fin joins the crew of the Kraken trying to escape the Oracle, who is also trying to find all the pieces of the map. Unfortunately, the Oracle wants the Map to bring about the end of the world. So, the new crew of the Kraken have to work together to save the world.
Final thoughts: High quality adventure fiction. I love the idea of someone who can’t be remembered. How lonely that would be! And then Marrill can remember Fin and he doesn’t know how to act. He’s very good at introducing himself, but has never had to retain a relationship. There’s lots of adventures and interesting creatures and scenery to keep you reading, plus the regular addition of humor. If you pay attention to the art at the beginning of each chapter, you’ll get a sneak peek of what’s going to happen.
Title comes from: The plot was centered around finding the Map to Everywhere. Marrill needs it to go home. Fin needs it to find his mother. The Oracle wants it to fulfill a prophecy and end the world. Ardent wants it to keep the Oracle from getting it.
Reading challenges fulfilled: an M in my title Reading the Alphabet Challenge and #7 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge
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