Maresi by Maria TurtschaninoffMaresi by Maria Turtschaninoff


byMaria Turtschaninoff

Hardcover | January 3, 2017

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Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place. Into this idyllic existence comes Jai, a girl with a dark past. She has escaped her home after witnessing the killing of her beloved sister. Soon the dangers of the outside world follow Jai into the sacred space of the Abbey, and Maresi can no longer hide in books and words but must become one who acts.  Bound for international success, Maresi will be published in 15 territories around the world!
Maria Turtschaninoff has been writing fairy tales since the age of five. She has been awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize, the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, and the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, the latter on two occasions. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Among her favorite authors are Diana Wy...
Title:MaresiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Amulet BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419722697

ISBN - 13:9781419722691


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just missed the mark this book had so much potential and had some definite Tombs of Atuan vibes going for it but the characters and story development just weren't extensive enough and the book felt rushed and immature.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was so impressed! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* I was so impressed by this book. I initially thought it was going to be a bunch of women, angry at men living together. But it is completely different, more of an isolated sisterhood brought together by love and appreciation for each woman. The main character Marsesi narrates the book and through her eyes we come to understand that this group of women is not hiding from men but learning and sharing the strength of being women without interference. They do not hate or fear men, but are extremely loyal to each other and the Mother who is their central deity. There are some sensitive content raised – you hear about a girl who was buried alive by her abusive father, there are scenes involving reluctant sex, and some swearing. I thought the book was fearlessly written, not skipping over any “unfeminine” or “unpleasant” details. Maresi is a flawed character who acknowledges her own limitations which I found entirely refreshing. I am looking forward to reading the next part of her journey!
Date published: 2017-01-27

Editorial Reviews

"Readers seeking a fresh, unusual fantasy setting and voice will likely appreciate this haunting literary detour."