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The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
  

The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi

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One of our YA Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | January 2015 Debut of the Month What an unusual and powerful novel. The setting is an island in an unspecified fantasy world inhabited by a community of women who live separate from men, dedicating themselves to the worship of the Triple Goddess. Maresi is a young novice, sent there by her family to escape famine, and still wracked by guilt over the death of her little sister. She loves her new life, the women live austere lives but there’s ample time for friendship and study. Their peace is threatened when another girl arrives, on the run from her violent father, and the reader quickly realises that he will never let his daughter escape. The tension before his arrival is palpable, and the violence he brings with him truly shocking. Even so, he’s no match for Maresi. Turtschaninoff creates an original fantasy world, and her parable of sisterhood and bravery will enthral readers. ~ Andrea Reece

Readers might also enjoy Ursula Le Guin’s epic Earthsea series and Margaret Atwood’s science fiction.

A Piece of Passion from Adam Freudenheim, MD and publisher of Pushkin Children’s Books “I was blown away by Maresi, quite simply. Turtschaninoff has written an incredibly original, vivid and gripping story with appeal not only for YA readers but far beyond. And embedded in the story is a passionate feminist voice that will resonate with a wide variety of readers. It is testament to the sheer quality of Maresi that we have chosen it as our first ever YA title, and I’ve no doubt that Maresi and The Red Abbey Chronicles as a whole will become classics of the genre.”

Reader Reviews

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  • Katie Humphreys, age 13 - 'Maresi is a thrilling book which makes you think about friendship in a different way. I found it SO gripping from cover to cover, and I loved the suspense at the end of every chapter!'
  • Rose Roberts - 'This book is excellent...WOW!!! I finished it in a day! I loved it.'
  • Jasmine Wright - 'An amazing, gripping book. Set on an Island inhabited only by women where a young girl, Maresi lives at an abbey. The Abbey is peaceful then Jai arrives and with her comes danger...'
  • Jenny Ilsley - 'Maresi is about a small island upon which lies a large abbey, full of women...Maresi is the main character in this book, she is a kind natured girl but afraid of the Crone (and what it might do to her).'
  • Emily Kirby - 'I highly recommend this book because it is thrilling, exciting and very enjoyable. When Jai arrives on the island Maresi has to teach her about the islands way of life.'
  • Bella Ettery - 'I really enjoyed Maresi and thought that it had a great plot. Every now and then, I still find myself thinking about Maresi, as if she is a real person.'
  • Charlie Upchurch, age 12 - 'I love the way the book slowly reveals Jai’s story, it makes it impossible to put down. I really enjoyed reading Maresi and I am excited about the next Red Abbey Chronicles book.'

Synopsis

The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren't allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she knows it is real. She is safe. Then one day Jai tangled fair hair, clothes stiff with dirt, scars on her back arrives on a ship. She has fled to the island to escape terrible danger and unimaginable cruelty. And the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her. Now the women and girls of the Red Abbey must use all their powers and ancient knowledge to combat the forces that wish to destroy them. And Maresi, haunted by her own nightmares, must confront her very deepest, darkest fears. A story of friendship and survival, magic and wonder, beauty and terror, Maresi will grip you and hold you spellbound. 'Dark, powerful and original...really stands out in a very crowded YA marketplace...Thrilling, suspenseful and gloriously feminist' The Bookseller 'Where YA fantasy can start to feel a little same-y, Maresi dark,occasionally harrowing, yet always readable stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates. Maria Turtschaninoff s deceptively simple, occasionally almost fairy tale-like prose is also a joy: the voice of Maresi (our first person narrator) always feels distinct and believable' Rebecca Hawkes, Telegraph 'A book full of courage. Dark, brave and so gripping you ll read it in one sitting with that instinctive hunch hovering over your shoulder warning you that something terrible is about happen if you turn the page. And then you turn the page...' Laura Dockrill , author 'A tale of sisterhood, survival and fighting against the odds that will capture the hearts of both teen and adult feminists alike and will leave you feeling extremely empowered. I think it s a very special book and one that deserves lots and lots of attention' Lucy Powrie, book blogger 'A poignant, slow-burning fantasy' Taran Matharu, author 'A compelling read...Turtschaninoff weaves in fantasy with feminism, creating a spellbinding read that is completely unputdownable' Guardian Children s Books 'A great read. I've been trying to put into words how it made me feel, but Maresi's voice is so different to anything else, it s taken me a little while to process. 'Such a beautiful, haunting tale. Maresi s voice is unlike any other YA voice I ve read; her voice is strong but she shows us so many different emotions. Her relationship with Jai and the other girls felt very real, dealing with all of Jai s problems how a friend would. They were there for each other and it was great to see that. The writing is amazing; it has an almost mythical feel to it. The way it flows made it such an easy and quick read. Obviously there are darker elements to the book but that only adds to the story and the world that has been created. It s good to see these issues being used in books and drawing them to the attention of our next generation' Fiona Hadfield , children s bookseller 'Atmospheric, immersive and definitely original, Maresi has a quiet, urgent magic that makes her story powerful, poignant and memorable' Jane Bradley, Founder & Director of For Books' Sake 'A web of strength, friendship and belief. A beautifully painted, fantastical setting like no other; this story will resonate with me for a long time' Ben Alderson, Benjamin of Tomes 'A few times in a life time, a book comes along that wraps you completely in its world and its characters. Wildly imaginative, vivid and filled with wonders' Casey Daveron, Casey Ann Books Maria Turtschaninoff was born in 1977 and has been writing fairy tales since she was five. She is the author of many books about magical worlds. She has been awarded, the Swedish YLE Literature Prize and has twice won the Society of Swedish Literature Prize. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Maresi is the first book in the three-part Red Abbey Chronicles, all of which will be published by Pushkin Press. Maresi is being published in 8 languages and won the Finlandia Junior Prize.

Reviews

'Maresi stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates' Rebecca Hawkes, Telegraph

'Combines a flavour of The Handmaid's Tale with bursts of excitement reminiscent of Harry Potter's magic duels' Observer

'Turtschaninoff weaves a hypnotic spell... at once contemporary and timeless' Guardian

'A haunting fable that resonates with the death cults and honour violence of today' Suzy Feay, Financial Times

'Should appeal to fans of Ursula Le Guin... A lucid, layered, deeply engaging story' Metro

'Dark, powerful and original... it really stands out in a very crowded YA marketplace. Thrilling, suspenseful and gloriously feminist' The Bookseller

About the Author

Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff was born in 1977 and has been writing fairy tales since she was five. She is the author of many books about magical worlds, has been awarded the Swedish YLE Literature Prize and has twice won the Society of Swedish Literature Prize. She has also been nominated for the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Naondel is part of the Red Abbey Chronicles which began with Maresi. Follow Maria Turtschaninoff on Instagram.

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14th January 2016

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Pushkin Children's Books

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Hardback
256 pages

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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781782690917

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Pushkin Children's Books is an imprint of Puskin Press

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