Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is an amazing book! It's timeless, historical, romantic, mysterious and heart breaking at times!
Nimira is a strong woman, who leaves home after her mom dies and father falls apart. They were once a wealthy and succesful family. She left home with hopes of finding her own success as a performer only to end up as a "trouser girl" (dancing for pennies in front of drunk men.)
When she is offered a job to sing with an automaton (mechanical man) by a wealthy guest, Mr. Hollin, she escapes with the hopes of a new life and finding that success she originally left home for. When she moves to Hollins beautiful estate, she learns that the automaton is rumored to be haunted and that other singers hired before her were sent away or ran away in fear! Once she starts singing with the automaton,she notices that he seems to look right at her, and seems to make noises that sound like talking at times! In time, she realizes he IS trying to communicate! She fights her fears, and they learn to speak through the keys of the piano! His name is Erris, and he is a fairy prince and heir to the thrown in the fairy kindgom! Nimira and Erris fall in love, and she fights to save him from the curse that put him in the automaton!
Mr. Hollin as has a life of secrets, pain, magic and even blackmail surrounding him. He seems to fall in love with Nimira, but really aches for someone to fill the void that his wife once filled.
This was such a short book, I was sad when it ended. It ends in somewhat of a cliff hanger, so I'm hoping there will be a sequel!
I enjoyed the world of magic, faeries and mystery that Jaclyn created, and can't wait to see what's next!
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