Nominated by:

Espoo City Library, Finland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Puskin Press, UK

Naondel: The Red Abbey Chronicles

Maria Turtschaninoff    

Translated from the Swedish by A.A. Prime

Naondel, the second book in Maria Turtschaninoff’s feminist fantasy series The Red Abbey Chronicles has landed in paperback, and we couldn’t be more excited to share this unmissable YA epic with you.In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey.All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power.But the women have powers too. One is a healer. One can control dreams. One is a warrior. One can see everything that is coming.In their golden prison, the women wait. They plan. They write down their stories. They dream of a refuge, a safe place where girls can be free.And, finally, when the moon glows red, they will have their revenge.Want to enter the world of the Red Abbey Chronicles?

About the author

Maria Turtschaninoff is a Swedish-speaking Finn who has been writing fairy tales from the age of five. However, there was often a twist: the poor farmer boy and the princess he had just saved from the evil witch did not end up marrying, because they “didn’t feel like it”. Her biggest grief as a child was that no wardrobe led to Narnia. After a detour as a journalist for a few years Turtschaninoff debuted in 2007 with a middle-grade portal fantasy and has since published five more novels, all YA fantasy. Pushkin Press has acquired world English rights to Maresi and the subsequent two novels in the Red Abbey Chronicles.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

Fantasy but also an interesting book of feminism. “ In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose’- to obey. Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved: some as servants and some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. But the women have powers too”

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