Maria Turtschaninoff’s YA fantasy Maresi, which has been sold to 22 territories and film so far, continues to gather great feedback among the readers.
In France, the fantasy website Elbakin.net awarded Maresi the prize for the best translated YA fantasy book of 2017. “The author insists without hesitation that women have to assume power and form female friendships, but never does so forcefully or caricaturably.”
The UK-based literature blog Strange Bookfellows praised the novel’s atmosphere: “Maresi is unafraid of exploring the darker aspects of life and human culture–death, domestic abuse, patriarchal oppression, femicide–but it is never bleak for the sake of being bleak.”
In Norway, Maresi was recommended as the weekend’s best readings in VG, the biggest newspaper in Norway. Additionally, book bloggers are swooning over the book: “Maresi is a very special YA fantasy book. It has a very unique story, like Uprooted, and it takes feminism up on the same level as Wonder Woman,” said the Outland blog. Blogger Elise Cathrin recommended the book warmly: “It’s a strong story about brave women.”