• Emily Flynn

The Master Craftsman


"Compelling, exhilarating, and richly imagined, The Master Craftsman is historical fiction at its best."--Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history--an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar's family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family. Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance--and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.


Who knew a timeslip about Faberge could be so fascinating. The history, the mystery, the rebellion. It was impactful. I loved the glitter and glamour of the shop, but felt the pangs of the revolution that was happening in Russia.

For Ava, this adventure was about getting to better know her dad, and it filled a restless place that she had in her life. The suspense in this book was fantastic as were the twists and turns. The imagery was beautiful and I found myself sucked into this book. I wouldn't start this one late at night.

This story is about healing and and finding out who you are. The writing was wonderful and the characters were nuanced and fun.

I received an early copy through the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest review.

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