Book Review - Magic Under Glass

Friday January 22, 2010

Magic Under Glass
by Jaclyn Dolamore
Released December 22, 2010
Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life.

In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love.

But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

I really enjoyed this unique story of Nimira who grew up in wealth and privileged but ended up alone and penniless after her mother dies and her father falls out of favor. Things are looking up when a mysterious gentleman offers Nimira the chance of a lifetime. Will all her dreams come true or will her need to save the trapped fairy lead to her doom?

Nimira is a strong willed character who seeks to overcome class and gender prejudices in her quest to do whats true and just despite the possible consequences. And there is more to her would-be rescuer, Hollin Parry than meets the eye. This kind and gentle man definitely has some darker of them being an evil sorcerer who seeks to destroy what Nimira has come to love.

This is a well written, original story that will leave the reader wanting more...which is good because the untidy ending leaves all sorts of possibilities for a sequel!

Best suited for ages 12 and up!

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The Brain Lair (KB) said...

I really enjoyed this one. I thought the writing was spare but eloquent. I did, however, feel the ending was a little to tidy - too coincidental, but otherwise good.

Taschima Cullen said...

How did u liked the relationship? what are your thoughts towards the automaton?