The Matriarch Matrix by Maxime Trencavel is an epic work of science fiction spanning the distant past to the near future. The book takes place in various time periods and locations, from Siirt to San Francisco, to the ancient wars of the Black Sea, all following the tale of the titular entity known as Matriarch, and the lives she has changed over 12,000 years.
The book is largely a mystery thriller with a slight supernatural twist with the presence of the mythical Matriarch ever-looming in the background. What the Matriarch is, or what precise relevance it has to the overarching plot, remains a constant question as the many stories unfold. As the links become apparent, the stories soon weave together into an all-encompassing narrative of conflict, salvation, and the struggles of womankind across the ages.
Trencavel succeeds in making a definitive, stand-out science-fantasy thriller with a unique identity all its own. Characters are surprising and remarkable throughout, with a world that feels sinister, yet also hopeful and alive. This new author shows immense promise with this first outing, and proves a point about the need for a multicultural perspective in the West-dominated science fiction and fantasy genres, in this entirely inventive and illuminating work of speculative fiction.