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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


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    The audience didn’t understand a word we sang They came to see our legs As the posters said TROUSER GIRLS FROM THE LAND OF TASSIM We were billed just underneath the acrobats and the trained dogsSo begins Magic Under Glass a debut novel by Jaclyn Dola Bloomsbury Dec ‘09 It follows Nimira a music hall girl a dark skinned oddity in light skinned Lorinar as she leaves the security of the music hall for employment with the mysterious and dashing Hollins Parry Mr Parry wishes to retain her services to sing with a handsome automaton — a man shaped clockwork machine that plays the piano when wound sexy right? Apparently Mr Parry has had some problems with retaining girls in the past as they insist the automaton is haunted They claim it mumbles to them which is admittedly terrifying and then they run awayNimira however is no wimp So when the clockwork man does his mumbling thing for her she doesn’t go running to Mr Parry Instead in a completely refreshing sequence where she doesn’t spend pages agonizing over what she really saw a pet peeve of mine in fantasy she gets over her shock and disbelief and settles down to business finding out what or who the automaton is And what he is a angst puppy trapped in cogs and springs In other words my brand of funThe result is a whimsical smart novel that is sort of like a cross between Howl’s Moving Castle and Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell The details are lovely the voice consistent the characters complex And Nimira is refreshingly clever throughout The ending is a bit muddled and weirdly paced but it wasn’t enough to put me off my game My biggest complaint was how short the book was — I could’ve been happily entertained for twice as longMy verdict? I really enjoyed this novel now but I have to tell you that as a teen I would’ve married this thing and had little clockwork babies Highly recommended