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The Meri (Meri #1)

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After witnessing her parents being murdered, Meredydd is rescued by a teacher of the Divine Art. Meredydd vows to learn the powerful secrets necessary to track down the murderers, but first she'll have to overcome centuries of prejudice against female mages.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Baen Pub. Enterprises (first published 1992)
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Jul 02, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: fanlit-challenge
Meredydd is an orphan, and the only female student at the prestigious school Halig-liath. At Halig-liath, young men — and Meredydd — are trained to become Osraed, which are magician-priests something along the lines of Druids. Female magic is feared and distrusted in this world, and when Meredydd is falsely accused of witchcraft, the elders decide to send her on Pilgrimage to meet the Meri, a goddess-like figure who serves as a connection between humans and God. The Meri will be the final judge ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of spiritually based coming of age
Recommended to Katy by: LTER
Shelves: librarything-win
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Spiritual coming-of-age
Reading Level: YA
Recommended for: fans of spiritually based fantasy
Trigger Warnings: (implied) rape, child abuse

My Thoughts: I spent a lot of this book somewhat confused, as the story seems to mix Christianity with Briton Paganism. The names are Cymric (Welsh). I've designated this as fantasy, but I'm not sure if it is. Maybe it's historical fiction? I have no idea, I can't quite figure it out.

Nonetheless, it was an interesting story. Mereddyd (pr
Jan 08, 2011 Priya rated it did not like it
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Aug 18, 2014 Danni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I just finished this book and wanted to do my review right away. I loved it! This story follows the coming of age story of the only girl studying for the priesthood (priesthood isn't used in the book, but it describes the order well). It is Fantasy, and of course, creates it's own rich and dynamic spiritual path, Divine, leaders, and dogma. This religion is developed very well. Through the dialogue between the main character and her guardian you learn the key lessons of their faith and the pitfa ...more
John Loyd
Aug 27, 2015 John Loyd rated it really liked it
Meredydd is a Prentice studying the Divine Art to some day become an Osraed serving the Meri. Six years ago her parents were murdered and she was taken in by Osraed Bevol. Now at fifteen her differences are beginning to show and being the only female Prentice is becoming harder. After a couple of incidents one of the Osraeds wants to kick her out of school. So it's decided that she'll go on her Pilgrimage. One way or the other she'll be out of school, the Meri will decide if she is worthy or not ...more
Eirian Houpe
The Meri is a book that follows the unlikely pilgrimage and spiritual awakening of Mereddyd, a orphan girl in a world where spirituality is a man's demesne. It's one of those books that you'll either love or not with little middle ground in between. For me, unfortunately the latter was the case, as I very much wanted to like this book.

The novel is at time overly self conscious, and in places runs long where Bohnoff waxes lyrical on spiritual matters which can become confusing, and distract the r
Dec 16, 2015 TheCosyDragon rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Meredydd's family was murdered, and she was taken in by the Osraeds for teaching. Showing an unusual aptitude for the Art, her path is stony. As a character, Meredydd is strong, and genuine, but lacks a little in self-awareness.

This is a traditional journey novel. Everything is focused on the Pilgrimage of Meredydd to find the Meri. The tasks she
Mar 23, 2013 Sorcha rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, er, ebook, 2013
Received from the LibraryThing's Early Reviewer January 2013 batch.

Book 1 of The Meri cycle finds the 15 year old Meredydd as the only female "prentice" in a male dominated religious Academy, learning to become a priest. Objections at her existence, which is starting to disrupt and distract the other students and teachers, forces the decision to make her pilgrimage to find The Meri earlier than many believe she's ready.

There are definite allusions to both state religion and the fear of witches
Amanda Richards
Meredydd-a-Lagan (don't worry, she goes by Meredydd the rest of the story...) is the first ever female Prentice to study the Divine Arts. After her parents are killed when she is very young she is raised by Osraed Bevol (make sure you tab the pronunciation page at the back!).

She is raised to seek the Meri, who is an omniscient god like being, to seek her out and worship. But she is fought at every corner because of her gender and stubbornness. After several trials she is allowed to go on Pilgri
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in, fantasy, 2009
I received this book for free as part of a giveaway on BookViewCafe.[return][return]The older Meredydd becomes, the more she questions. She is the only female student Halig-liath, there to learn the divine arts. Her fellow students and teachers begin to look at her differently as she develops the curves of a fifteen-year-old woman, and some actively seek out her failure. Meredydd is chosen for pilgrimage, to seek out the Meri - a goddess-essence from the sea - and become a revered Osraed. As she ...more
Michael Welge
Sep 16, 2014 Michael Welge rated it it was amazing
Set in one of the Universe's infinite possible worlds, "The Meri" is an enchanting, captivating tale of search, discovery, faith, and fulfillment wrought by a marvelous wordsmith who has no fear of giving credit to God.
Maya Bohnhoff
Nov 07, 2008 Maya Bohnhoff rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy fiction.
Shelves: written-by-me
The rating is from Amazon.

This book was a Locus Magazine Best First Novel nominee and was on their recommended reading list.

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“...I was pulled into the story and read it in a single sitting.” - Science Fiction Chronicle

“...subtle and well-woven. I read the book in one sitting, drawn in by the strong main character and smoothly flowing story line. ...has an authenticity and passion rare in fantasy religious works. ...engagingly fresh.” - Science Fiction Reviews Searchabl
Dec 29, 2013 h rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reread, sff, ya, 2013
i've read this a handful of times over the years. the story has stayed with me, and as an adult i like the linguistic touches.
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