About the Author
Maria Turtschanino has been writing fairy tales since the age of five. She has been awarded the Finlandia Junior Prize, the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, and the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, the latter on two occasions. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Turtschanino has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer. She lives in Finland.
"This is a beautifully written story that lets us know that no matter how terrible life can be, there is a moment that can change it for the better if only you are willing to take the risk. "
— School Library Connection
" . . . what sets this apart from other fantasies is the degree of character development. Readers see each narrator through the eyes of the five other narrators, making for complex, multilayered, and wholly believable portraits."
"Turtschaninoff evokes colorful backstories and complex psyches, ultimately weaving these women’s relationships personalities, and experiences into a potent, collaborative self-rescue from Iskan’s bondage. This is not an easy story, with its perpetual backdrop of sexual violence, but in the foreground is a fierce, slow-burning exposition of female courage and resilience."
— The Horn Book
"The prose flows, elegant and smooth, with colorful settings."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Beautifully written, this is the women’s story of strength and courage to seize 'the moment'. . . Each character is fully developed and by the end, hope is restored through the women’s perseverance."
— VOYA Magazine
"This volume is a tapestry of interwoven tales of the women. Each thread plays a role."
— School Library Journal