The Mapmaker's War A Legend By Ronlyn Domingue Published by Atria Books Hardcover: 240 pages March 5, 2013; $23.00 US/$23.00 CAN; 9781451688887 Description This will be the map of your heart, old woman.
In an ancient time, in a faraway land, a young woman named Aoife is
allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom's mapmaker, tasked
with charting the entire domain. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds
a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth. They claim to
protect a mythic treasure, one connected to the creation of the world.
When Aoife reports their existence to her kingdom, the community is
targeted as a threat. Attempting to warn them of imminent danger, Aoife
is exiled for treason and finds refuge among the very people who had
been declared her enemy. With them, she begins a new life surrounded by
kindness, equality, and cooperation. But within herself, Aoife has no
peace. She cannot share the grief she feels for the home and children
she left behind. She cannot bear the warrior scars of the man she comes
to love. And when she gives birth to their gifted daughter, Aoife cannot
avoid what the child forces her to confront about her past and its
truth. On this most important of journeys, there is no map to guide her.
In this tale -- her autobiography -- Aoife reveals her pain and joy,
and ultimately her transformation.
The Mapmaker's War is
a mesmerizing, utterly original adventure about love and loss and the
redemptive power of the human spirit. Watch for its epic sequel, The Chronicle of Secret Riven, in 2014.
Author Bio Ronlyn Domingueis the author of The Mapmaker's War (Atria Books; March 5, 2013). Its epic sequel is scheduled for 2014. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, was published in ten languages. Her writing has appeared in The Beautiful Anthology (TNB Books), New England Review, Clackamas Literary Review, New Delta Review, The Independent (UK), and Shambhala Sun, as well as on mindful.org and The Nervous Breakdown. Born and raised in the Deep South, she lives there still with her partner, Todd Bourque, and their cats.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this book is that it's written in second person narrative. It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the style, even up to the very end, I still was not sure if I like the way that it was written. With that said, I do like the fact that the books has a very strong female protagonist. The tale is fantastic and the plot is very captivating. I really enjoy learning about the female protagonist through her journey of different struggles she faces. I think that part of what makes her such a likable character is that she is a very "human." She makes mistakes, has regrets, has hopes and dreams. This was a very interesting read that's worth checking out!
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