Terry has been fortunate since the publication of his debut novel, The Sword of Shannara. For 35 years, he has had excellent cover art and fantastic maps. From the Hildebrandt Bros. to long-time Del Rey Books editor and part-time artist Shelly Shaprio, fans have been spoiled.
And they have been spoiled the last twelve years by the work of cartographer Russ Charpentier.
Russ became Terry’s new mapmaker in 2000 with the publication of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch. He did beautiful work. A wine country map illustrator for years, he painted a single-sheet Four Lands map similar in scope to that done by the Hildebrandt Bros. in 1977. He also did the artwork on the Castaway’s Map that began the narrative in Voyage. Terry loved the work so much he asked to keep Russ for the next few series—series that would demand new maps. Russ has since done a map of Parkasia, the Forbidding, and most recently for Landover.
For the 35th publication anniversary of The Sword of Shannara, Terry decided we needed a new, larger map of the Four Lands for the August release of Wards of Faerie. He wanted Russ again.
And Russ delivered. Here it is:
The resolution and size of the map have been reduced to prevent intellectual theft, something that sadly happens all too often online. But that’s okay. Because you can order your own map!
Russ is making available three different versions of the map:
- The New Four Lands Map – Offset Poster will be 18″ x 24″ on Sundance Felt 80 lb. text Natural white, a nice stock with a watercolor texture to it. It will be unsigned.
- The New Four Lands Map – Artist-Signed Giclee will be 20″ x 26.5″ and signed by only Russ Charpentier.
- The New Four Lands Map – Dual-Signed Giclee will be 20″ x 26.5″ and signed by both Russ Charpentier and Terry Brooks.
A format for everyone! Russ is currently doing the fantasy map for my novel, The Dark Thorn, and he’s been nothing but a pleasure to work with. He knows his craft well and asks all of the right questions. It’s no wonder Terry has asked for him repeatedly.
For more information on these new Four Lands maps, click HERE!
Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks will be published on August 21, 2012!