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Maresi: Red Mantle


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 448 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 06/06/2019 ISBN: 9781782690955

Maresi: Red Mantle

Maria Turtschaninoff

Pushkin Children's Books

For Maresi, like so many other girls, the Red Abbey was a haven of safety in a world ruled by brutal men. But now she is a young woman and it is time for her to leave. She must take all that she has learned from her sisters and return to her childhood home to share the knowledge she has gained.

But when Maresi returns to her village, she realises all is not well - the people are struggling under the rule of the oppressive Earl, and people are too busy trying to survive to see the value of her teachings. Maresi finds she must use all the terrible force of the Crone's magic to protect her people, but can she find the strength to do so when her heart is weakening with love for the first time?

Selling points

  • For fans of Ursula Le Guin, Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood.
  • A thrilling feminist YA adventure, set in a beautifully crafted fantasy world.
  • Rights now sold in 17 territories.


'Should appeal to fans of Ursula Le Guin... A lucid, layered, deeply engaging story' - Metro

'Turtschaninoff weaves a hypnotic spell... at once contemporary and timeless' - Guardian

'Brutal and beautiful, Maresi walks the knife edge so thrillingly I read it in one sitting. Embued with myth, wonder, and told with a dazzling, compelling ferocity. I can hardly wait for the next instalment' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

'Full of courage. Dark, brave and so gripping you will read it in one sitting' - Laura Dockrill

'Maresi is rich, powerful vision - thrilling, harrowing and exhilarating by turns. It conjures up a startlingly well-fashioned world that's different to ours, yet disturbingly familiar. It grips like a vice and enchants like a distant song. It's tale-telling as strong, complex and admirable as its heroine' - Jonathan Stroud, author of The Amulet of Samarkan

'Maresi stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates' - Telegraph

'Combines a flavour of The Handmaid's Tale with bursts of excitement reminiscent of Harry Potter's magic duels' - Observer

'A haunting fable' - Financial Times

'A poignant, slow-burning fantasy' - Taran Matharu, author of the Summoner fantasy series

'Maresi is a tale of sisterhood, survival and fighting against the odds that will capture the hearts of both teen and adult feminists alike and will leave you feeling extremely empowered... I think it's a very special book and one that deserves lots and lots of attention' - Lucy Powrie, booktuber (Queen of Contemporary)

'This dark, deceptively simple story is a great addition to the growing feminist fantasy genre' - Scotsman


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