This thesis focuses on the Maritime writer David Adams Richards and his fictional Miramichi region of northern New Brunswick. In this context, three novels are discussed, namely The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Mercy Among the Children, and River of the Brokenhearted. Special emphasis is put on the analysis of the individual characters and the treatment of power. First, Richards? role as a regional writer is discussed which is then followed by an examination of the nature of power in order to provide the basis for further analysis of the chosen novels. The main part of this thesis comprises a detailed overview of each book and a thorough analysis of the major themes combined with an in-depth discussion of the most important characters. Thus, the significance of the titles is also dealt with. Furthermore, the study examines Richards? opposing female characters and the characters that either become the victims of oppression or actively exert power over others. Each book renders themes that are united ultimately in the final chapter. The study therefore concludes on a chapter which compares the three novels, outlining the power relations among the characters and giving special attention to the female protagonists that know how to gain and exert power.