Naondel. Book 2 in the Red Abbey Chronicles
By: Maria Turtschaninoff
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Read time: 12h 40m with Bookout app
Number of dodo’s: /5 !
In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey. Some where brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; 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. 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 sage place where girls can be free. And, finally, when the moon glows red, they will have their revenge.
Okay, HOLD THE FRIGGIN PHONE. You know, when I read book 1 in the Red Abbey Chronicles I thought I read the best book ever in this genre. But no! Maria Turtschaninoff is actually able to pull it off and TOP it off with book 2! Naondel is breathtaking, heart-wrenching and so, so beautiful.
In book 2 we don’t directly follow where we left off with book 1, we don’t follow Maresi at all actually. In this one we thoroughly get to know the original sisters who founded the Abbey. Each woman gets their space in the story and each woman is unique, amazing, flawed and necessary. Turtschaninoff is brilliant in her storytelling, the way she’s able to tie all these different characters together in to a story that makes perfect sense is something truly rare. She nails it. NAILS IT!
This book is not only full of much needed origin stories, but also full of love, magic, female cunning, hateful battles and bloody deaths. It’s not just a story, it’s a journey of self worth, enlightenment and faith.
Thoughts while reading: Small spoiler alert! (highlight to read) I honestly wanted to rip Iskan’s eyes right out of his skull and feed them to his mother. Who, funnily enough, is completely BLIND to her son’s sickening persona!!
If you loved Maresi you will love Naondel. I say that with fierceness! You will love every – single – woman in this story and you will understand Maresi so much better. You might cry, because the love you’ll harbor for these women will be overpowering.
I might have to read Maresi again!
Read this! Read Maresi! READ. Book 3 is expected to come in 2019. I hate every minute I have to wait. 😀