Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff sold in 15 territories, its follow-up Naondel in 7!

MARESINAONDELHIRESMaria Turtschaninoff’s glorious YA fantasy novel Maresi, the first book in the Red Abbey Chronicles, has been sold to Varrak Publishers in Estonia. The deal brings the total of sold territories to 15! The second novel in the Red Abbey Chronicles, Naondel, was sold to Berghs in Sweden. Naondel will be published in Sweden simultaneously with the Finnish and Finland-Swedish editions in September 2016.

Maresi is just that kind of a book I want my daughter to read. It’s not just a captivating read but also something that makes you see the world and your own life from a new angle. Something that helps the young reader grow as a person.
– Merit Kask, editor, Varrak Publishers

Once again Maria Turtschaninoff brings us to a world full of magic, darkness and unforgettable characters.  Naondel is a complex story with many dimensions, and at the same time an exciting feministic page turner. I finished reading last night, but Kabira, Garai and the others stayed in my dreams all night.
– Lena Andersson, editor, Berghs

Maresi tells a story of friendship and survival, set in the Red Abbey: a refuge for women and girls where everyone pursues their own areas of interest. When the frightened Jai arrives on the island with a crew of thugs after her, Maresi and her friends have to fight to defend both Jai and their community.  Naondel tells the story of the First Sisters, and how they came to flee a harem in the faraway Eastern Lands and eventually establish the Red Abbey. Maresi was published earlier this year in the UK by Pushkin Press to glowing reviews:

It’s hard not to be impressed with Turtschaninoff’s magical world.
– The Times

The novel is at once contemporary and timeless. Its unwavering feminism is resolutely modern, resonating with a range of texts from Ursula Le Guin’s 2001 Tales from Earthsea to Disney’s Frozen. At the same time, it feels authentically ancient and mythic.
– The Guardian


The Red Abbey Chronicles
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINESE (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Editions Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1)
ROMANIA, Editura Univers (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)


English edition
Swedish edition
Finnish edition

Swedish manuscript
English synopsis

English synopsis


About author

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, winner of the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, winner of the Thank You for the Book Award, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2020-2024), and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize.

Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages, while her first adult novel Inherited Land has been sold to 23 territories. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.


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