Cover reveal! Prisoner of the Black Hawk

Posted on February 3, 2015

I am SO excited to be sharing the cover for book 2 of The Mapmaker Chronicles!

Prisoner of the Black Hawk cover

In Prisoner of the Black Hawk, Quinn finds himself in one hairy situation after another. This is the official blurb:

“In the second thrilling instalment of The Mapmaker Chronicles, Quinn is taken prisoner by a ruthless enemy. 

As the race to map the world continues, so does farmboy turned reluctant adventurer Quinn’s voyage into the unknown.

When the Libertas docks in the exotic jungle port of Barbarin, they are shocked to discover another Verdanian living there – a notorious thief who has been on the run for decades. He and his family may be enemies of the King, but they can also help Quinn and his friends survive this dangerous land.

After being betrayed by a fellow scribe, Quinn is captured by ruthless Gelynion explorer Juan Forden, who will stop at nothing to beat the Verdanians. On board Forden’s ship, the Black Hawk, Quinn struggles to outwit his captors, makes new enemies and unexpected allies, and encounters bloodthirsty pirates. Is this the end of the race for Quinn – or just the beginning of another incredible adventure?

THE MAPMAKER CHRONICLES continue in this rollicking story, filled with strange lands, dangerous creatures, secrets, pirates and fierce battles.”

Serpents, and pirates, and thieves, oh my! Quinn discovers that the monsters we fear can be less scary than the people around us, and he discovers he can do more than he ever thought possible. I hope you love it!

The Mapmaker Chronicles: Prisoner of the Black Hawk is on-sale on 31 March, 2015 (just eight short weeks away). If you haven’t yet read Race To The End Of The World (book #1), you can get it here


  1. Maxabella

    The green is awesome and gives us the hint that this book is more landlubbing than #1. If it’s anything as good as the first one, Al, we are all in for a huge treat.

    (I do miss the narwhal though.)

    • Allison Tait

      Well… I could say more, but that would be telling. 😉

  2. Kelly Exeter

    Loving the cover treatments on your series Al. Just so exciting (and I am still squeeing over that Kinokuniya display!)

    • Allison Tait

      You and me both! On both counts!

  3. Tash @ Gift Grapevine

    How exciting – fantastic cover artwork! Congratulations on the success of book 1. From the sound of the blurb, the second is going to be just as well received. Getting some kids to read can be tough but it’s adventures like these that draw those reluctant readers in.

    • Allison Tait

      Thanks so much Tash! I love it when kids say to me ‘I don’t usually like reading much, but I liked this.’

  4. Emily

    Fab cover! Can’t wait for it. x

  5. Amy @ HandbagMafia

    Oh these sound like just the thing my bigger kids would be into! Love the cover!

    • Allison Tait

      Thanks Amy – and I hope your kids love them. Let me know!

  6. Alexa Moses

    Swashbuckling indeed!

    • Allison Tait

      So much swashing of buckles it’s not funny…

  7. Rae Hilhorst

    Is it wrong that I am in love with the book and I’m over 50? Just saying, thanks for a brilliant read x

  8. Karen

    Fabulous cover – my 11yo son and I are looking forward to this one!

    • Allison Tait

      I love the cover too – I hope you both enjoy it!

  9. Margaret

    Great cover!

    • Allison Tait

      I think so too – Hachette Australia has done a brilliant job again!

  10. Annabel Smith

    Sounds super exciting. My son and I are looking forward to it very much!

    • Allison Tait

      Thanks Annabel – I hope you both love it!

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