Mina, an orphan, is forced to steal in order to survive on the streets.
Tom is a young inventor and illusionist whose Theatre of Wonders enthralls its audiences night after night.
The two meet in Helsinki in the winter of 1890, and Mina is offered a place in Tom’s household as a maid and a companion to Professor Worowski, Tom’s old, wheelchair-bound friend. She also soon becomes part of the show in which Tom’s mechanical contraptions magically spring to life.
Tom and Mina discover that they are more to one another than mere friends, but both are troubled by dark, inexplicable things in their pasts. They are caught up in a whirlwind of scheming and pursuit, which only their courage will help them to overcome — and the odd magic trick up their sleeve.
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2019, winner of the Topelius Prize
2018, winner of the Hel-Ya Readers’ Vote for Best Couple in a YA Novel
Polish (Wydawnictwo Dwukropek)
“The book is packed with surprises and illusions accompanied by a dash of magic and romance. Readers are kept at the edge of their seats through to the last page by the riveting twists in the plot in the masterfully depicted historical setting. This debut fantasy fiction in the spirit of Steampunk impressively mixes the past with the future.”—The Topelius Prize Jury
“As magical as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Caraval by Stephanie Garber.” – Unelmien aika blog