The Mapmaker's War

The Mapmaker's War

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Baker & Taylor
Given a rare apprenticeship and tasked with charting her entire kingdom, young Aoife encounters a secretive culture of wealthy and peaceful people who she protects by enduring a harrowing exile. By the author of The Mercy of Thin Air.

Baker
& Taylor

After being given an apprenticeship to chart her entire kingdom, young Aoife encounters a secretive culture of wealthy and peaceful people who she protects by enduring a harrowing exile.

Simon and Schuster
From the critically acclaimed author of The Mercy of Thin Air comes a fantastic tale, inspired by myth and legend, of an exiled mapmaker who must come to terms with the home and children she left behind.

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.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Description: 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781451688887
1451688881
Branch Call Number: Domi

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Jul 22, 2015

Interesting but brutal story. A feminist and utopian society contrasts with the worst aspects of medieval times.

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