Shortly after her sixteenth 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. This is a story about friendship, about seeing the world through a different perspective, and the stories and tales that can make up a life.
THE ALCHEMIST meets THE SNOW CHILD in this beautiful odyssey through the snowy landscapes of northern Finland.
Eva Weaver is a writer, art therapist, coach and performance artist. She moved to Britain from Germany in 1995 and lives in Brighton. Like many Germans, she has been haunted by the events of the Second World War, which inspired her to write her first novel, The Puppet Boy of Warsaw. It has now been published in thirteen countries.
Eva's second novel, The Eye of the Reindeer, was inspired by journeys to Scandinavia, encounters with the Sami people and her work as an art therapist over many years in mental health services in the UK. Alongside her writing, Eva runs her own coaching practice.
Eva Weaver's first novel, THE PUPPET BOY OF WARSAW, was an international phenomenon with rights sold in eight countries. It was compared around the world to THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS and THE BOOK THIEF.There is such an appetite for Scandinavian fiction at the moment and this novel's setting - the beautiful, icy tundra and islands to the north of Finland - makes it perfect for that audience.With an inspirational, empowering undertow, THE EYE OF THE REINDEER will appeal not only to literary readers but also to readers of Paulo Coehlo and spiritual fiction.Highly promotable, articulate Brighton-based author. As research for the novel, Weaver lived with the Sami people in the north of Finland, and this will provide an excellent publicity angle.