You call this a beginner's attempt? LOL. Your map is awesome and I repped you for it
Man, I love the way you did your cliffs and the Valahn label! Very cool style.
- the two forks in the river in the northeast don't look fully natural to me. It looks like the rivers fork on low ground?
- Both your places and labels are all in black. You might want to do something to them. Like give the places icon a white edge. Or give the text a glow. Don't change other labels, like the Soulless sea. Those look great!
So how many hours did you put into this map? And what kind of book are you working on?