Anniina Mikama (b. 1977) is an illustrator and author who lives in Helsinki. She loves comic book superheroes, old mechanical machinery and the secret world of theatre that exists behind the stage curtains.
The Illusionist and the Thief is Mikama’s debut title. It launches a magical trilogy that is packed full of trickery, collusion, and suspense. The second book in the Illusionist trilogy is The Conman’s Apprentice which came out in 2019. The third and final part, The Masters of Illusion, was published in March 2020. In The Sage (2021) ancient forests and their spirits create a stunning backdrop to a magical adventure set in 19th century Finland.
2018, “Best Couple in a YA Novel” prize at HEL-YA Readers’ Vote with The Illusionist and the Thief
2019, Topelius Prize with The Illusionist and the Thief
2019, nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize with The Conman’s Apprentice
2020, nominated for the Junior Young Aleksis with The Conman’s Apprentice
2021, nominated for the Junior Young Aleksis Prize with The Masters of Illusion
2022, Topelius Prize with The Sage
2022, Laivakello (‘Ship’s bell’) Prize with The Sage
2022, nominated for the Junior Young Aleksis with The Sage