In English

Magdalena Hai is a Finnish author of SF&F and children’s tales. Her first novel Kerjäläisprinsessa (The Beggar Princess) was released in 2012, starting the appraised steampunk trilogy Gigi & Henry, with the following titles Kellopelikuningas (The Clockwork King) and Susikuningatar (The Wolf Queen). Hai’s prose, long and short, has been nominated for several awards and has won the Kirjava Kettu Award in 2014, Stalker Award in 2015 and the Atorox Award in 2016. A lover of cross-genre stories and all things strange, Hai often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in her fiction. Besides writing Hai is an active member and editor in Osuuskumma Publishing.


Photo by Ki Ruusuvuori

Photo by Ki Ruusuvuori


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Novels, children’s books:

Short stories:



Awards, nominations

2013       Atorox. Nomination. Vaskimorsian.
2013       LukuVarkaus. Nomination. Kerjäläisprinsessa (Gigi ja Henry 1).
2014       Atorox. Nomination. Siivekäs mies Isaac.
2014       Blogistanian Kuopus. 2nd. Susikuningatar (Gigi ja Henry 3).
2014       Kirjava Kettu. Best novel for younger readers. Kerjäläisprinsessa (Gigi ja Henry 1).
2015       Stalker. Best translated short story, Vaskmõrsja.
2016       Atorox. Nomination. Vainaansuo.
2016       Atorox Award. Kaunis Ululian.

kerjalaisprinsessaKerjäläisprinsessa (The Beggar Princess)

In the harbor town of Keloburg there live merchants, pirates and smugglers – and the royal family of Umbrovia.

11-year-old rag collector Gigi was born a princess. After her father lost his crown and country in a violent uprising the royal family of Umbrovia has been forced to live in hiding. The family has fled to Keloburg, a busy harbor town of the Green Isle, once known as Greenland. Orphan boy Henry has lived on the streets of Keloburg since he was six years old. Gigi and Henry, now best friends, work together and play together. Life is poor, but Gigi doesn’t mind. After all, she doesn’t really remember how things were before.

Then one day they hear rumors about werewolves in Keloburg. There is a letter revealing a secret no-one should know, an explosion that destroys the royal family’s apartment in the Lower Ranks and the disappearance of the Queen. As old enemies sail to Keloburg Gigi and Henry have to rely on their brains and courage to save Gigi’s family from the usurper’s grip. On their way they are accompanied by an ancient pirate by the name of Pegleg Murtaugh, whose only wish is to die in battle, and the monstrous werewolf Mussovits, the turncoat commander of the Umbrovian Wolf Guard. There is also Gigi’s father, who is a better inventor than he ever was as King. On a remote island Gigi and Henry come up against smugglers and soldiers and Henry has to come to terms with his past. But when grit hits the sprocket and tables are turned, Gigi has to face the usurper alone.

The Beggar Princess starts The Gigi and Henry Series, which follows the lives of Gigi and Henry from preteens to adulthood and Gigi’s rise to power as the Wolf Queen, the ruler of Umbrovian werewolves. The world of the Beggar Princess gives steampunk genre a Nordic twist. The story is set in an alternate reality of the 1860s in which a change in the Gulf Stream has caused a partial melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and the rise of the Vikings as a major trading power in the North Atlantic. The Beggar Princess mixes fast-paced, julesvernesque adventure story with inventive alternate history suitable for younger readers and teens. With its vivid world building, howling werewolves and pseudovictorian gadgetry The Gigi and Henry Series has gathered an adoring fan base in Finland, resonating well with girls’ hearts as well as boys. It’s a thrilling and at times tragic story of friendship, family and finding the strength – and the monster – within.

Kerjäläisprinsessa, The Beggar Princess, was the first steampunk novel published in Finland.

Karisto, 2012.
188 pp.
ISBN 978-951-23-5593-8

Reviews in English:

Books from Finland (review by Päivi Heikkilä-Halttunen)


The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly, Issue Five (Dec. 2014)

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