- Imprint: Amulet Paperbacks
- Publication Date: January 9, 2018
- Price: $9.99
- Trim Size: 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4
- ISBN: 1-4197-2698-6
- EAN: 9781419726989
- Page Count: 272
- Format: Paperback
- Rights: North America
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Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and poverty. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice who fled famine and loss four years prior, is happy in the abbey, safe under the protection of the Mother, contentedly doing her chores and stealing time in the vast library of the House of Knowledge. But then Jai, a girl with a dark past, disrupts Maresi’s idyllic existence.
Jai has escaped her home after watching her father and brothers bury her beloved sister alive in an honor killing. And when the dangers of the outside world follow Jai into the sacred space of the abbey, Maresi can no longer hide behind her books and routines—she must act.
"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)
**STARRED REVIEW**— Booklist
"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— The Horn Book
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."
"Readers seeking a fresh, unusual fantasy setting and voice will likely appreciate this haunting literary detour."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the author
Maria Turtschaninoff began writing fairy tales at the age of five. She has been awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize, the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, and two Society of Swedish Literature Prizes. She is also an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award finalist. Turtschaninoff has a master of arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer. She lives in Finland.