Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

I was fortunate to win a signed copy of this book in a contest at Cleverly Inked. Thank you, again! My copy has the controversial cover that most of you have no doubt read about, but I'm showing you the cover to look for now, as Bloomsbury has apologized and re-released with this lovely one.

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Description from Goodreads:

Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere 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.

My thoughts:

This was a quick yet fascinating read. Nim is a young girl, stuck in a life she knows she's above, and takes the opportunity Hollin offers her--to sing along with an automation he's aquired. But it's not just an automation wound by a key, it's a trapped fairy prince named Erris. He finds a clever way of communicating with the brave Nim, and she is determined to set things right, and set him free, if possible.

But Nim doesn't know who to trust, because if she reveals too much of what she knows, she might get sent right back where she came from, or worse, Erris could be destroyed. The connection built between Erris and Nim was so unique. And the protectiveness Erris developed for Nim was heartbreaking, considering he was bound by his clockwork automation limits. I couldn't help but root for Nim's impossible-seeming task of learning how to set him free. I also kept going back and forth about Hollin--is he good? is he bad? what happened to his wife? does he love Nim now? Does she like him at all? The questions!

Dolamore keeps to the point with her writing. She doesn't explain more than you need to know to keep the story going, and doesn't introduce many characters that don't have a vital role in the outcome. I was sucked in from the beginning, having forgotten how much I love stories told in different time periods! Then slowly, magic elements, fairies and sorcerers were brought into the mix, leading up to quite an exciting and one-of-a-kind climax.


Toward the end, there seemed to be quite a few names to keep up with. I understand that the situation is complicated, but I had to read some parts a few times, and I'm still not sure I completely understand some of the "political" stuff going on. But mostly I do.

I truly enjoyed this, and I'm crossing my fingers for a sequel because Dolamore left it wide open for one, and I have to know what happens next.

4/5 - Really Liked It


  1. I am so anxious to read this book! Thanks for the review. :-)

  2. Everyone seems to have absolutely adored this book. It seems to get better with every review!!!

  3. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a pretty awesome book!