The Map Thief by Heather Terrell
This novel was sent to me by the nice folks at Authors on the Web for review, Terrell's second novel after The Chrysalis. Though I haven't read that one, I found this one easy to get into, despite not previously knowing the characters.
It's clear from the outset that Terrell did a tremendous amount of research in writing this novel, which links three distinct time periods and situations: modern day Mara Coyne is on the hunt for a map thief from her office in New York, mapmaker Zhi living in China in 1421, and Antonio, a navigator for da Gama in 1496's Lisbon. Each chapter focuses on one of the protagonists, and I get so into their individual stories, I don't want to switch to another!
A map recently discovered in China has gone missing, and Mara is charged with getting in back. Further complicating matters are issues of exploration from hundreds of years ago, a kingpin map thief, and maybe a new romance...
This is a really rich novel full of detail, history and a bit of "the chase", which is always a good time. I'd be curious to see where Mara ends up on her next adventure!