The Eye of the Reindeer

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Shortly after her 16th birthday, Ritva is sent away to Seili, an island to the south of Finland. A former leper colony, Seili is now home to ‘hopeless cases’ – to women the doctors call mad. But Ritva knows she doesn’t belong there. As biting winter follows biting winter, she longs to be near to her sister, and wonders why her father ever allowed her to be taken to this desolate place. Hope arrives in the form of Martta, a headstrong girl who becomes Ritva’s only friend. Martta is a Sami, from the north. All through her childhood, Ritva’s mother told her wonderful Sami legends and tales – of Vaja the reindeer, the stolen sealskin, of a sacred drum hidden long ago. When Ritva and Martta decide to make their escape, this is where they will head. So begins an odyssey over frozen sea and land towards a place where healing and forgiveness can grow.

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THE ALCHEMIST meets THE SNOW CHILD in this beautiful odyssey through the snowy landscapes of northern Finland.

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Ritva is sent away to Seili – a remote island to the south of Finland. A former leper colony, Seili is now home to ‘hopeless cases’ – women who have been outcast from society. But Ritva can’t understand why her father has allowed her to be taken there, and she longs to be reunited with her little sister.

Hope arrives in the form of Martta, a headstrong girl who is a Sami, and who reminds Ritva of her lost mother and her tales – of Vaja the reindeer, the stolen sealskin, and of a sacred drum hidden long ago. When Ritva and Martta decide to escape, there is only one place that calls to them. And so they begin the long journey North, to the land of the Sami, in search of healing and forgiveness…

Readers say:
‘Some books make a lasting impression and I think this is definitely one of them. .. It’s a celebration of the human spirit and our connection to nature.’ Rosie Evans, Good Reads, 5 stars

‘I love losing myself in a book & this one is one of those for me. I was transported to the land of the midnight sun.’ Lynda, Good Reads 5 stars

‘It has been one of those books that I have felt I have escaped into, because the setting is so richly described and the story line sweeps you up and carries you along.’ https://becomingfinnishsite.wordpress.com

‘The setting in Scandinavia and the lands at the top of the world was so well described as to almost be a character in itself and I was fascinated by the details relating to the indigenous people of this region – the Sami – and their way of life.’ Bruce Gargoyle, Good Reads, 4 stars

Additional information

Weight 0.268 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 19.6 × 2.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

373

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K