In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.
When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn. (Abrams/Amulet)
Cover art by Sam Wolfe Connelly, design by Alyssa Nassner.
“Energetic and original, this alternative history, fantasy, and mystery mashup with its pair of smart, resourceful, flawed but engaging heroines never disappoints.” (Kirkus)
“Hand this entrancing historical fantasy to fans of Libba Bray’s Diviners series or anyone who likes their magic on the seamier side.” (Booklist)
“Stories of the diverse cast of flawed and complicated characters striving to do better complement the solid female friendship at the core of this absorbing novel… Mystery and fantasy blend well in this witty title filled with twists and fast-paced action.” (School Library Journal)
“Destiny Soria’s debut is without a doubt one of the best of the year.” (YA Books Central)