Skip navigation to main content

Recommended Read: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Written by Emma Walsh, 5th July 2016
98ce3d6118bf392942a54d2fde46711b

This week we have another recommended read for young adults. This one comes from Lydia Croft, whose been doing work experience with us here at The Reader, she's chosen fantasy novel Maresi.

Maresi is a fantasy novel written by the Finnish author, Maria Turtschaninoff. It is part of the Red Abbey Chronicles, of which the sequel, Naondel, is due to come out later this year.

The story is about an island, which is a safe-haven for girls who are struggling in a male dominated society, where women are repressed and persecuted. Maresi has lived on the island for many years as a ‘novice’ and is happy there and manages to adapt, despite her troubled past.

8213e9e8c06434167ba0b1b1379d7e0fI am no storyteller ... I will do my best only to describe what is relevant to my story and leave out everything else.- Maresi, Maria Turtschaninoff

She takes a great interest in having knowledge of the island, and how it was created by the First Sisters, who came to build it as a sanctuary. Jai arrives and quickly becomes Maresi’s shadow, not leaving her side for fear that her father and other men from her hometown will find her and want to kill her, as they have already buried alive her beloved sister, Unai.

It is a fantastic story of women, the sisters and the novices, uniting against the male forces that want to harm them and the growing friendship of Jai and Maresi who eventually see each other as sisters. I would recommend it to any young adult as its story of sacrifice, friendship and unity make it a very intriguing read.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Literature

Featured Poem: The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar

This week in our special series of Featured Poems, Helen Wilson, The Reader's Head of Shared Reading programmes, shares her…

Read more
Shared Reading

The Sunday Reading Challenge: Sea Fever by John Masefield, Part 2

Rachael Sumner recites the second half of Sea Fever by John Masefield (started two weeks ago by The Reader's Natalie…

Read more
Calderstones

Holidays at Home: Theatre at Calderstones Mansion

  In the first of our new series of articles exploring Calderstones' rich history, Heritage Coordinator Holly Gilson tells the…

Contact us

Get in touch and be part of the story
You can also speak to us on: 0151 729 2200
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.