May 11, 2010

Magic Under Book 1

Magic Under Glass
by Jaclyn Dolamore

The Tick Tick Ticking Of A Heart!

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?
On sale: 01 March 2010
Price (AU): $16.99
ISBN: 9781408802120
Recommended age: 13-16
In a word: Magic
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five

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