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Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles) Hardcover – 14 Jan 2016

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books (14 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782690913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782690917
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.7 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Brutal and beautiful, Maresi walks the knife edge to thrillingly I read it in one sitting. Embued with myth, wonder, and told with a dazzling, compelling ferocity. I can hardly wait for the next instalment' -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars

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

'Stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates.... a joy' -- Telegraph, Best Young Adult Books of 2016

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

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

'Beautifully written... Maresi has a touch of Katniss about her, and although the target market is different, female lovers of dystopian fantasy adventures will enjoy the journey' -- The School Librarian

'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

'This dark, deceptively simple story is a great addition to the growing feminist fantasy genre' -- Scotsman

A beautiful tale about women with a very special sisterly bond' -- La Chouette (five stars)

'A story of friendship and survival, magic and wonder, beauty and terror, Maresi will grip you and hold you spellbound' -- Rising Shadow (five stars)

'Written with charm and wit... Maresi is a great read. An easy one to recommend' -- Mangoblogalicious

'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

'A poignant, slow-burning fantasy' -- Taran Matharu

'A compelling read... Turtschaninoff weaves in fantasy with feminism, creating a spellbinding read that is completely unputdownable' -- Guardian Children's Books

'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. The writing is amazing' -- 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, 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

'Absolutely incredible, wonderfully mesmerising and a complete delight...Maresi completely captured my heart along with my imagination, and I'm not sure I want it back' -- Once Upon a Bookcase

'Blood, power, sisterhood and fear entwine in this young adult tale' --Lincolnshire Echo

'Fantasy and magic blend fluidly in the deeply feminist world... the message is clear: knowledge isn't just power, it can save lives' -- Publishers Weekly

'Turtschaninoff puts traditional elements of female magic to effective dramatic use... 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' -- The Horn Book

'It's rare to find a YA fantasy with such polished writing... Utterly satisfying and completely different from standard YA fantasy, this Finnish import seems primed to win over American readers' --Booklist, starred review

About the Author

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.

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