The Third Sister

Reading material

Finnish edition
English sample & synopsis

Original title: Kolmas sisar

Published: 2018

Publisher: Otava

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 557 pp.


Nominated for 2018 Finlandia prize for Children’s & YA literature

Ciel and Lune are best friends and daughters of the two great witches of Royaume. Ciel, the daughter of the White Witch, is preparing for her rite of passage, the witch song ritual, which will show her true soul and future as a witch. When Ciel steps in front of the mirror of songs, a terrifying truth is revealed: she is a sanschant, a songless witch. The last sanschant there was, almost destroyed their whole world.

The girls must escape Royaume. They end up on the Earth, where they find refuge in a school, run by a creature called Principal and attended by otherworldly students. Especially one of them, Niemann, rocks Lune’s boat. Who is Niemann, why can’t Lune resist him? In Royaume, the White Witch is doing everything she can to relocate her daughter. The fate of their world is again at stake.

The Third Sister is a fantastic, manga-inspired adventure and the first installment in a new series called The Royaume Chronicles.

“The world of the first installment of the Royaume Chronicles is abundant and filled with meanings. […] This fantasy world can be enjoyed by youngsters
and adults alike” – Aamulehti newspaper ****

”The narration is very visual and paints a clear picture of what’s happening. – – I recommend this strongly to all fans of modern fantasy.” –

”The world is immediately easy to understand, the plot pulls you in and the story doesn’t get lost in its own twists and turns, and the secrets are revealed at the perfect pace.” – Demokraatti magazine

”Magdalena Hai has created a fascinating web of realities. It works well in the first part of The Royaume Chronicles, and leaves a lot to be discovered in the next parts. Hai’s style is precise and fresh.” – Helsingin Sanomat daily newspaper

”Wise and entertaining novel that pulls readers deep in its magical worlds, and won’t let them go.” – Finlandia Prize Jury.


Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


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