Magdalena Hai is a Finnish author of children’s tales and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her first book, Mörkö Möö ja Mikko Pöö, was published in February 2012 by Karisto. Steampunk novel Kerjäläisprinsessa (The Beggar Princess) was released in August 2012. It started the highly appraised Steampunk trilogy Gigi & Henry, with the following titles Kellopelikuningas (The Clockwork King) published in June 2013 and Susikuningatar (The Wolf Queen) in August 2014. Kerjäläisprinsessa was nominated for the LukuVarkaus Award in 2013 and won the Kirjava Kettu Award in 2014. Susikuningatar was nominated for the Blogistanian Kuopus Award in 2014.
Novels, children’s books:
- Mörkö Möö ja Mikko Pöö. Karisto 2012.
- Kerjäläisprinsessa. Gigi ja Henry 1. Karisto 2012.
- Kellopelikuningas. Gigi ja Henry 2. Karisto 2013.
- Susikuningatar. Gigi ja Henry 3. Karisto 2014.
- Haiseva käsi ja muita kauheita tarinoita Uhriniituntakaisesta. Karisto 2016.
- Vaskimorsian. Steampunk! – Koneita ja korsetteja. Osuuskumma 2012.
- Vaskimorsian. Podcast. Aavetaajuus 11. 4. 2013.
- Erehdys. Usva 4/2012.
- Albion ja lohikäärme. Kun kansilaudoille liukui lohikäärme – Merkillisiä tarinoita meriltä. Suomen tieteis- ja fantasiakirjoittajat ry ja verkkolehti USVA. 2013.
- Siivekäs mies Isaac. Steampunk! – Höyryä ja helvetinkoneita. Osuuskumma 2013.
- Selection of drabbles. Kummalinnun munia 1 – Sadan sanan tarinoita. Osuuskumma 2015.
- Hänen kuvansa. Käärmeenliekit – suomalaisia lohikäärmetarinoita. Osuuskumma 2015.
- Kaunis Ululian. Kristallimeri – tarinoita merirosvoista. Osuuskumma 2015.
- Vainaansuo. ROCKNOMICON. Osuuskumma 2015.
- Selection of drabbles. Pimeää pimeämpi – Kummalinnun munia 2. Osuuskumma 2016.
- Rattaiden tanssi. Steampunk! – Silintereitä ja siipirattaita. Osuuskumma 2016.
- Fairyland. Tähtivaeltaja 3/16.
- Corpsemarsh. Finnish Weird 3. (English translation from Vainaansuo)
- The Brass Bride. Usva International 2015. (English translation from Vaskimorsian)
- Vaskmõrsja. Soome ulme 2. (Ed. Arvi Nikkarev) Skarabeus. 2014. (Estonian translation from Vaskimorsian)
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.
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.
Reviews in English:
Books from Finland (review by Päivi Heikkilä-Halttunen)