The Heretic's Child is a fantasy novel but unlike some fantasy stories, this one is set here at home on Earth. Maire introduces us to a new race of beings, called the Rememberers. It is their job to catalogue the memories of all humans and to counsel them on the best, most peaceful course of action to ensure peace and security in the world.
Maire takes us right back, 25,000 years, to the dawn of civilization and the creation of the Rememberers and their leader the Cybele. One of the things I loved about this story was the way Maire cleverly tied in the work of the Rememberers and the Cybele into historical events. This was smart, innovative and thoroughly rewarding.
The story revolves around the current heir to the Cybele reign, who has yet to ascend to the position, Emma and her guardian and love interest, Thomas. All is not well in the Rememberers' world and for the last two-thousand years the Cybele has been brutally killed before she has had the opportunity to work her magic on the world. Consequently, humanity has descended into a morass of hate, greed, and violence. Thomas must keep Emma alive long enough to ensure she is able to ascend into the role.
Maire's writing style is short, sharp and conversational. I found her characters not only very believable but also well rounded and full of character. I was thrilled that Maire left the possibility of a sequel open and I hope we will read more of this extraordinary race of beings.
This was one of my favourite reads this year and will definitely be a contender for the "Grunter Awards" later in the year. I have found a new, exciting indie author to follow and her name is Nyasia A. Maire. A great debut and I salute you.
Oh, and before I forget, just as an aside, this is one of the best covers I have ever seen. The 3D effect is superb and I absolutely love it.