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.