This map seemed interesting, and it appears to be somewhat based on the custom map Canals V2 made by Ensemble Studios itself in the Conquerors. There appears to be good and bad in this map.
The map is meant to be a map where land battles are main. Naval battles are not very possible due to lack of room in the canals. They were most likely meant to be a way to get quick food with fishing, and for easy-access transport ships to get from one base to another. But at the same time, there were some things that puzzled me. For example, each town center has 5 relics next to it. I don't know if that was for easy gold in the castle age, or for raids to obtain them. But it was puzzling.
Visual Appeal: 4
No eye-candy, but it wasn't horrible. Just a standard map you'd most likely see in the Random Maps section.
Good spread of resources, not too close, not too far. Tons of food in the canals, so you won't run out anytime soon. One thing that got me was the island coverings between canals. Some islands were covered with trees completely, and another had nothing on it at all! Not very good for forwarding buildings.