Magic Under Glass

Magic Under Glass

Book - 2010
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Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan Publishers, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781599904306
1599904306
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 22 cm.

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austin_l
Aug 12, 2012

This book is okay... it's pretty confusing because there is a lack of information for the readers. But the plot is really amazing and the reference to magic was excellent.

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Kurisutaru
Jun 30, 2012

good book.

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gareywood
Jun 14, 2012

it starts out great a girl in distress and a prince in hiding but lakes a good ending or finish.

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Megn
Mar 18, 2012

As possible Regency Romances go, this one was pretty bad. The characters aren't developed well (except for the main character, and even then she has spontaneous changes of behavior) and occasionally there'll be an event that occurs really fast and out of the blue. I don't feel that it was properly steampunk, either, as it was really just the automaton that would qualify it as steampunk. The world it's set in isn't explained very well (not much else is), so it's a bit difficult to get involved with the story. I felt like it was a kind of wishy-washy book. However, if you like the random romance part, or vague magical adventure, I suppose this is the book for you.

You can also compare this to The Magician's Ward, a similar book in terms of plot elements (i.e. magic, victorian lifestyle, romance, mystery, tenacious female protagonist) but everything in that book is considerably more detailed, so you can really get into the story. The reason I didn't like this book is probably because I read The Magician's Ward first.

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food_666
Aug 08, 2010

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!! It does leave readers at a cliffhanger so i'm pretty sure their is going to be another book...a must read!

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austin_l
Aug 12, 2012

This book is about a girl who was once part of nobility. She meets a magician and soon discovers and encounters many mysteries about him. She then finds a puppet that holds the soul of a fairy prince. Then, her life changes with a turmoil of events with magic, politics, and romance.

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