Abigail hopes that her birthday will slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated, but her employer, detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby, has other plans. Using magical party crackers that teleport the pair to unknown destinations in time and space and a cryptic map that may lead to a forgotten treasure, Jackaby intends to give Abigail what he considers to be the best gift of all–adventure.
Abigail and Jackaby must tame an enormous (and carnivorous) rabbit, defend a castle, and master a dirigible if they want to find the treasure and get back to New Fiddleham alive.
My (mini) Review
Do you ever make the rather unwise decision to begin a book at 1 am because you think you’ll somehow only read a single chapter? Yes? Well then you know I’m feeling right now, bright and early(ish) at 9am, but it’s not like I could resist a birthday treasure hunt!
The Map takes place between Jackaby and Beastly Bones, on Abigail’s birthday while Jackaby takes her on an illustrious journey through an otherworldly market and a centuries-old treasure hunt, as a gift. Albeit reluctant at first (she doesn’t want her birthday to be a big deal), Abigail is swept away by the adventure and eventually ends up leading the chase.
This story was so fun to read, I found myself smiling and laughing at the pair as they escaped crumbling castles, and dash past giant rabbits. It was very interesting to see another side of Jackaby, since it’s obvious here that he genuinely cares about Abigail, which is less obvious in the books, and he values her insight immensely (even if he rarely admits it). Another interesting aspect to this story was its pace: in a way, I’d say the pace mirrors Abigail’s disposition to the whole thing: it starts out slow, with a hint of excitement, and slowly builds from there until I felt like I was running right along side Jackaby and Abigail on the search for their treasure.
Basically I was very satisfied with his book, recommend it to anyone who has a soft spot for historical fiction and fantasy, and, of course, all the Jackaby fans out there.