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Preview — The Meri by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
The Meri (Meri #1)
She saw her parents murdered when she was but a child. Rescued from the ruins of her family's homestead by a teacher of the Divine Art, Mereddyd-a-Lagan swore to learn the powerful secrets necessary to track down the murderers and exact vengeance. But first she would have to overcome centuries of prejudice against female m...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This book was a Locus Magazine Best First Novel nominee and was on their recommended reading list.
Here are some press reviews:
“...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...more