My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the story of three unlikely children living in a big city, where they find adventure, mystery, and even a little bit of magic. These children start their stories alone, but each meet the others along the way and learn to trust and rely on one another.
Guiseppe is a street musician, who finds a magical green violin. Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker and an orphan, who is determined to create a marvelous automaton. Hannah is a poor maid with an ailing father, who is desperate to get money for her family.
On the surface their problems seem simple, but the deeper the story goes, the more complex their difficulties become.
I love that Guiseppe, Frederick, and Hannah each have their own past, something they are hiding, something they fear, and something they wish for. They make terrible law-breaking mistakes that cost them a great deal, but they are so desperately striving for their own little corner of happiness that they will give anything, bear anything, to get it.
Those three characters have so much depth to them, and they are all hurting on some level. The emotional connections really drew me in!
At first I thought this would be a fairly straight-forward story, but then the plot took all these twists and turns! I had no idea what awful or amazing thing would happen next!
There are many wonderful supporting characters, all diverse and interesting, each with their own voice, and an important role to play in the story. Just brilliant writing!