Illustrator(s)
Publication date
2018
Publisher
WSOY
Format info
417pp

The Illusionist and the Thief

Taikuri ja taskuvaras

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.

Schedule

The Illusionist and the Thief, 2018
The Conman’s Apprentice, 2019
The Master of Illusion, due in 2020

Format

400pp

Reading materials

English synopsis
English sample translation
Finnish edition

Reviews

As magical as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Caraval by Stephanie Garber.” Unelmien Aika

Prizes and nominations

2019: Winner of the Topelius Prize
2018: Hel-Ya Readers’ Vote for Best Couple in a YA Novel