The illusions are still abundant and the story is taken forward – by looking into the past.
To learn how the story begins we go back to Krakow in 1824, where 15-year-old Wiktor Warowski lives. He is in love with Zofia and has plans for their future. But a brutal accident leaves Wiktor severely injured and desolate.
A mysterious clockmaker, Seweryn Król, offers Wiktor an apprenticeship; not only in mechanics, but also in magic tricks and illusions. The two also set upon fixing a mechanical man, Tom, found on the accident site. Their world is altered forever. But Seweryn's past puts their — and Zofia’s — lives in great danger. Magic and illusions, past and future are gloriously interwoven in this magically great read!
Bonnier Rights Terhi Isomäki-Blaxall
“As magical as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Caraval by Stephanie Garber.” — Unelmien aika blog
Anniina Mikama’s debut novel The Illusionist and the Thief won her the coveted Topelius Prize and launched the trilogy. The Conman’s Apprentice unfolds the story further by revealing the past. The third and the final book, The Lords of Illusion, will come out in 2020.