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.
Right from the start, Jaclyn Dolamore captured my attention with MAGIC UNDER GLASS. Honestly, how can one not be tantalized by the unique premise of a fairy prince being trapped in an automaton? Nimira’s voice was so appealing with the way her innocence contrasted with the impressive strength of character she continuously exhibited. Knowing that Nimira's musical gifts would've been met with esteem in her native land made her current plight even more compelling to me, and I desperately wanted her to gain some security within her situation. The strain between sorcerers and fairies added even more tension to the novel as well. At times the novel even had a certain flair that reminded me of Jane Eyre due to the interesting situations unfolding within Parry’s household. Parry himself was a fascinating character. Though he toed the line between hero and villain at times, I still felt sympathetic and intrigued by him. The development of Erris’ and Nimira’s relationship was plausible and I was completely taken in by their situation – I am always one for a good hopeless love story!
MAGIC UNDER GLASS was a highly imaginative, unique story with a great blend of magic, intrigue and romance. Time was constantly running out for Nimira to free Erris and my heart beat faster with each delicious turn of the page. The book itself is a quick read- almost too quick. I could’ve been easily entertained for many more chapters. The ending was somewhat unexpected for me, and seemed to be set up for a sequel. If there is one planned, I will definitely grab onto it eagerly to see where Nimira and Erris’ story takes them next.Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and two black tabbies who have ruined her carpeting.