Naondel

Reading material

Swedish edition
English edition

Original title: Naondel

Published: 2016

Publisher: Förlaget

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 400

The Red Abbey Chronicles, Book II.

An independent prequel to Maresi, Naondel tells the story of the First Sisters – founders of the Red Abbey. Imprisoned in a harem by a dangerous man, with a dark magic that grants him power over life and death, the women must overcome their mistrust of each other in order to escape. But they can only do so at a great cost, both for those who leave and those left behind.


Rights sold:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1-2)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
ROMANIA, Univers (Book 1)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)


Praise for Naondel from the U.S.

“…complex, multilayered, and wholly believable. […]  Feminists of all ages will appreciate this positive portrayal of a matriarchy.”  Booklist

Praise for Naondel in the UK:

“A haunting fable.” Suzi FeayFinancial Times

Combines a flavour of The Handmaid’s Tale with bursts of excitement reminiscent of Harry Potter’s duels.”  Observer

Should appeal to fans of Ursula K. Le Guin… A lucid, layered, deeply engaging story.”  Metro

Stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates. Telegraph

It’s rare to find a YA fantasy with such polished writing… Utterly satisfying and completely different. Booklist, starred review

Epic in its scope, intimate in its observation: if Maresi felt like encountering a rare and blazing talent, Naondel is here to brand the certainty under your skin.”  Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 winner The Girl of Ink and Stars

A prequel that introduces the founding sisters of the all-female Red Abbey… their interwoven stories told with unflinching clarity, rise to a vengeful climax with the glow of the red moon, and will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. […] Turtschaninoff weaves a hypnotic spell…at once contemporary and timeless.”– Guardian

An unforgettable feminist epic, shot through with hypnotic dark charm. […]Dark, powerful and original…it really stands out in a crowded YA marketplace. Thrilling, suspenseful and gloriously feminist.” – The Bookseller

A beautifully painted, fantastical setting like no other; this story will resonate with me for a long time to come.– Ben Alderson, booktuber

Reading it, I felt empowered. I felt proud to be a woman, and of who I am.  Once Upon a Bookcase

5 Words: Power, control, feminism, survival, magic.”– Tea Party Princess

I cannot recommend this book enough, whether you’ve read Maresi or not. If you enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale or Only Ever Yours then you’ll love this. It’s tragic and painful and hopeful and empowering and I just loved it  Maia and a Little Moore

 

Praise for Naondel from Scandinavia:

“A suggestive depiction of a world where girls are oppressed but have the power to break free.” – Dagens Nyheter newspaper, Sweden

“Dark, painful, sublime. […] Naondel is Turtschaninoff’s most impressive work to date. – Kyrkpressen newspaper, Sweden

“Naondel is a strong fantasy novel, which in spite of its stark content offers an empowering read. The suffering women in the novel possess warmth and an edge, which move the reader. It’s easy to compare the book to the best of Ursula K. Le Guin’s later works.” –  Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“A source of dark power. […] It’s not often that I devour a novel these days. Most books remain words and text; seldom do the worlds and bodies stay with me. Naondel pulled me in with a dangerous power and consumed me. I came out the other side a little shaken.” Yle.fi Svenska, Finland

“A unique brand of feminism in fantastic packaging.Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper, Finland

“In Naondel Maria Turtschaninoff keeps track of seven different voices – with verve.” Västra Nyland newspaper, Finland

 “Turtschaninoff is good, she is world class, which Naondel proves if you have not read her before.” – Enhörningen magazine, Finland 

“So, this book!! It’s like Game of Thrones, though so much better. And all from a woman’s perspective!”Prickiga Paula blog, Sweden

“It’s crazy good. It is like a good choir where all the voices are needed and it all rises to a whole new level. [I]love Naondel and really want to read more Maria Turtschaninoff…” Carolina Reads blog, Sweden

“Maresi is a straight forward and down to earth story, whereas Naondel is far more intricate and epic.” – Catahya blog, Sweden

Maria Turtschaninoff


 

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

Bibliography


Maria Turtschaninoff

Maresi

2014, Young Adults


Maria Turtschaninoff

The Red Abbey Chronicles, Book III

2018, Young Adults

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