The Goldsmith and the Master Thief
The Goldsmith and the Master Thief by Tonke Dragt, translation: Laura Watkinson
(Pushkin Press, in prep, 416 pages)
Laurenzo and Jiacomo are identical twins, as alike as two drops of water. No one can tell them apart (which comes in very handy for playing tricks on their teachers). And no one can split them up.
But when tragedy strikes their carefree young lives, they must make their own way in the world. As each brother chooses his own path – hardworking Laurenzo to make beautiful objects from gold and silver, and fearless Jiacomo to travel, explore and become an unlikely thief – it is the start of a series of incredible escapades that will test them to their limits.
Along the way they will face terrible danger, solve cunning riddles, become prisoners in a castle, sail across the ocean, fall in and out of love, stay at an enchanted inn, help save a priceless pearl, even become kings by mistake.
They must use all their talents, wiles and wisdom to survive. Are you ready to join them?