|Pages/Publication Date:||226 / 2013|
In an ancient, faraway land, young Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom's mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain, in this follow-up to Ronlyn Domingue's The Mercy of Thin Air. Beyond her county's borders, Aoife finds a secretive people who live in peace amid great wealth, and claim to protect a mythic treasure connected to the creation of the world. When she reports their existence to her kingdom however, these peaceful people are declared enemies, and Aoife is exiled for treason. She builds a new life with them, and even starts another family—but with the birth of her gifted daughter, she must confront the past she has left behind, and a truth she would rather forget.
"A map can make sense out of the seen world. But it can also evoke greed. And what of a map of the heart? Legend, allegory, fantasy—this second novel by Domingue entwines genres to cast a spell upon its reader.... A curious, thought-provoking story about how the heart's terrain bears charting, too."—Kirkus Reviews
"Domingue deftly explores themes of motherhood, gender equality, and the powerful ties that bind us to our roots, while at the same time mesmerizing the reader with the story of a mythical land struggling to protect itself from the greed and jealousy of the slowly encroaching outside world."—Booklist