Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles) (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful fantasy novel, translated from the Finnish. The island of The Red Abbey, in which only women may step, is steeped in tradition. Beautifully written, this is a rich coming of age story with real depth. You can read more about the book here.— From DDG Store Favorites Middle Grade & YA
— The Guardian (UK)
"It's hard not to be impressed with Turtschaninoff's magical world."
— The Times (UK)
"'Where YA fantasy can start to feel a little same-y, Maresi stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates."
— Telegraph (UK)
"Utterly satisfying and completely different from standard YA fantasy, this Finnish import seems primed to win over American readers."
"Turtschaninoff puts traditional elements of female magic to effective dramatic use, especially in the climactic (and climatic) conflict between Jai’s
father and the Sisters. But what’s more impressive about this fantasy is the subtlety with which the serenity of the island and its way of life is established—through the calls of birds, the sounds of the lapping sea, the smoothness of driftwood."
— The Horn Book
"Readers seeking a fresh, unusual fantasy setting and voice will likely appreciate this haunting literary detour."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books