Original title: Kolmas sisar
Author: Magdalena Hai
Genre: Young Adult (13 or 14+)
Part of a series: The Royaume Chronicles
English sample and synopsis
Highly imaginative world-building and mythological storytelling in a YA Space-Witch series inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones
✓ Finlandia Prize nominated series!
✓ A series partly based on Earth and partly on the witch planet, Royaume, where the eternal night reigns!
✓ Magdalena Hai’s works have been sold to over 20 countries!
#1 The Third Sister
The Third Sister is a fantastic, manga-inspired adventure and the first installment in a new series called The Royaume Chronicles.
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 almost destroyed their whole world.
The girls must escape Royaume. They end up on Earth, where they find refuge in a school, run by a creature called Principal and attended by otherworldly students. One of them in particular, 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.
Wise and entertaining novel that pulls readers deep in its magical worlds, and won’t let them go. The story has many layers and surprises, and it unwinds slowly, revealing its secrets. The language, world-building, the pace and the characters all work together making the book a harmonious and delicious experience
-Finlandia Prize Jury
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)