Helenka Stachera

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  • Inspired by Polish mythology and dripping with sinister Victorian atmosphere, this is a gripping historical adventure for fans of A PINCH OF MAGIC, COGHEART and THE CASTLE OF TANGLED MAGIC.

    Fin is a foundling girl growing up in the Hackney marshes in Victorian London, living in a tiny attic and selling leeches for a living. When she accidentally discovers she is the lost-lost child of a rich Polish family called the Kaminskis, she is swept up into a supernatural adventure where she has to use everything she has learned on the streets of London and deep in the marshes to stay alive.

    For the Kaminskis are haunted by an ancient evil - and Fin could be the key to stopping it forever . . .

Helenka grew up in a yellow-brick house in the woods with her British mother and Polish father, which stoked her lifelong obsession with fairytales and legends. A Bath Spa graduate who now lives in Bristol with her husband, Helenka wrote her magical debut novel to explore themes of family and belonging that, as an adopted daughter, are very close to her heart.

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