Magic Under Glass

Magic Under Glass

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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 rumours 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.
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  • 13+
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 178g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781408802120
  • 304,324

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'A memorable, delicate and ethereal fairytale romance' Bookseller
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'A memorable, delicate and ethereal fairytale romance' Bookseller 'The prose has a delicate, ethereal quality that matches the story well' SFX Magazine 'A dark, florid vigour runs through it' Financial Times 'Precise and picturesque, this is a sterling debut' Literary Review
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About Jaclyn Dolamore

Jackie Dolamore lives in Florida, USA. This is her first book and it marks the debut of a very exciting new talent.
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An unique fantasy story about a dancer/singer and an automaton.... This book had been on my wishlist for a very long time, so I was very excited to finally read it. I just love the cover. I really liked the world the author created. Magic, fairies and humans is always a good combination, but she also adds an "historical" element that I think made the perfect setting for this story. But the characters felt hollow for me. I wanted a little more personality or feelings. Nimira was ok, but Erris, Parry and the others weren't so interesting. I wasn't even sure it was going to be a love story, but at the end it was. It have been a while since I didn't read something so innocent and sweet, but at the same time I don't think Nimira should have been so naive, because of the life she had to live. The writing was good. Not very slow but also it wasn't fast paced. I felt relaxed while reading Nimira's thoughts, but as I said before, I wanted more of the other characters and more romance. The plot was really interesting and for me the ending felt kind of rushed, because it was so complicated at first and then it was extremely easy to resolve. In favor, it was very interesting and different, in a good way. It's a short and enjoyable reading, and I hope to find more about this world and their love story in the sequel, Magic Under more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
Nimira is a long way from home having travelled over seas to make her fortune. However a fortune never came and nether did the acclamations that she had hoped to receive. Nimira was a singer and a dancer and had been promised to perform for the height of society, but instead she had ended up at the already full world of music-hall performers. As a trouser-girl Nimira's talents were wasted on leering drunks with only mere pennies for her trouble. Although she would never admit it, she long dreams of being swept away by a wealthy gentleman never to see the unseemly stage again, to be rescued into a world of good food, fine dresses and high society. When one night Nimira notices a hansom gentleman in the crowd she dared not hope that he could be the one to rescue her, but he was exactly that. Or so it had seemed at first. But Hollin Parry was no ordinary gentleman for he was a sorcerer and the position he offered to Nimira was no ordinary position. A piano-playing automaton was to accompany Nimira as she sang; it was to be a special act. But Nimira's initial shock of discovering the automatons secret was only the beginning. If she is to have any hopes of saving the clockwork man she must first restore him to being a man. But is he simply a man trapped in a clockwork body, or the ghost of a man haunting an automaton, or something much more sinister. Magic Under Glass hold elements of a fairytale alongside elements of classic literature, with notable influences from Jane Eyre. Issues of class, gender and politics are wrapped in a world of magic and fantasy that stands on the brink of war. Ultimately a love story, Nimira must fight through racism and cultural intolerance, as well as a few ghost stories and the odd mad woman, before she is able to be with the man she loves. But what will happen once she's with him?show more
by Larissa McGrath
I read a lot of reviews about this book before getting it myself so my expectations were rather high. I adore the cover but find it slightly misleading after reading the book. The story begins with lots of background information on the main character, Namira, within a short space and I was unsure as to where the story was leading. It is set in what can only be described as a Victorian period, which is brought to life by the wonderful descriptions given. However, I did feel that I could not relate to any of the characters within the story which was a great disappointment to me. There is lots of tense drama within the story countered by some tender, touching moments between Namira and Erris (the automaton). The imagery had thoughts of the King & I popping into my imagination. I did giggle at one point where a statue which is described comparably to the image of the Statue of Liberty as the 'goddess of wisdom'. Cliff-hanger ending has paved the way for a sequel or sequels. I am curious to see where the story goes and how the characters develop. On the whole, unfortunately, this was not the book for me. Which just goes to prove that you have to read something for yourself and not just take other people more
by Emma Davies
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