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Maria Turtschaninoff is a Finnish writer of YA fantasy, who writes in Swedish. She was a Guest of Honour alongside me at Swecon this year, and I am pleased that she gave me a copy of Maresi, her first book to be translated into English. I am looking forward to meeting her again at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki.

Maresi has grown up in the Red Abbey, on an island inhabited solely by women, a refuge for girls who have no place in their own societies. Some come to the island as refugees, others are sent by their families to benefit from the safety and education afforded by the Abbey. Maresi is on the verge of adulthood, but has not yet found her adult calling. When the island is threatened, Maresi comes into her own. Her destiny is not what she thought it would be.

This is beautifully written, and a beautifully made book. It will sit very happily on my shelves in the company of The Wizard of Earthsea and the Dalemark quartet by Diana Wynne Jones, and I shall look for more Red Abbey Chronicles bye-and-bye.


Edit to note that this may be the first time this year I have read a book in a day, aided by two forty minute train journeys and the lethargy induced by a boozy lunch.

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bibliofile
30th Nov, 2016 23:28 (UTC)
Maresi
Ooh, my local library system has this one! Well, several copies on order anyway, with a pub date of next year. Thanks for the pointer.
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