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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Magic Under Glass
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599904306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599904306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 8–10—While working in a run-down music hall, Nimira, 17, is hired to sing accompaniment to an automaton that plays the piano. The "clockwork man," in the possession of wealthy, handsome Hollin Parry, a powerful sorcerer, is more than it seems. A fairy prince, Erris has been trapped in the automaton, and Nimira's struggle to free him, and their growing love for one another, is only part of the story. Mixed into this stunning debut novel are enough plot points to keep readers interested. With touches of steampunk, romance, fantasy, and mystery, there is a little something for everyone. The only downside, if there is one, is that the ending is inconclusive, leaving readers with the feeling that a second book will follow.—Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, KY
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'A memorable, delicate and ethereal fairytale romance' Bookseller 'The prose has a delicate, ethereal quality that matches the story well' SFX Magazine 'A dark, florid vigour runs through it' Financial Times 'Precise and picturesque, this is a sterling debut' Literary Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Magic Under Glass is an excellent fairy story with a strong romance and elements of the gothic and steampunk.
Lea Kelley
The ending, also, felt too tame, and seemed to be a setup for a sequel, which meant that it ended rather abruptly and a little disappointingly.
S. Su
I think (and hope) the ending was set up for there to be a sequel and will definitely be looking to read it if there is one!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Book Scout on December 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Magic Under Glass was impressive, unique, and an overall amazing debut novel. From the first page I was pulled into the original world Dolamore had created and Magic Under Glass was really hard to put down. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. There was so much mystery and suspense, by the middle of the novel I couldn't put it down. Nimira's fight to save Erris was amazing and their love for each other was heartbreaking. It was a forbidden romance at it's best. Not only was Erris a fairy prince, but he was trapped inside an automaton that belonged to the man Nimira was working for. Automaton's are something I've never read about before, so I wasn't sure what to expect at first. The world where Nimira lived in Magic Under Glass was completely original and so different from anything I've ever read about before. The characters and settings were amazing and well developed with no stone left unturned. I was completely submerged in Nimira's world and when I finished reading it only made me anxious to read more by Jaclyn Dolamore- maybe a sequel to Magic Under Glass?

Now to anyone who's read the novel you can understand the significance of the title and cover. For me that was one of the creepiest parts of the novel. I could hardly believe anyone could be as cruel as Hollin's father had been to the faeries and other creatures. I've read quite a few faerie books especially lately, and Magic Under Glass stands out from the others, not that it's better, it's just different. People knew about faeries in this world, but they couldn't coexist with people like the evil Smollings who wanted to kill all the faeries or go to war with them rather than live in peace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on January 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When her mother died and father fell into debt, Nimira set off for the big city, hoping to make her fortune as a dancer. She is just managing to get by when the sorcerer Hollin Parry appears and makes her an offer she finds difficult to refuse: to work for him, singing with a fairy-made, life-size automaton. Nimira's new life is better than she could believe, but when she discovers that a fairy named Erris is actually trapped within the automaton, her life is put in grave danger as she is ensnared with a tangled web of lies and secrets that could threaten the peace between two races.

Magic Under Glass is a sparkling and intriguing read. Nim is a lively and spunky heroine who is smart, charming, and resourceful, and Dolamore's fantastical world is brimming with magic and adventure. There are a few different cultures within the pages of Magic Under Glass, and Dolamore portrays them and their differences very well. It would be interesting to explore that aspect of the story a little more, which Dolamore will hopefully do in a sequel.

The characters were quite varied: from intelligent but imprisoned Erris, imposing Hollin Parry with his many secrets, a formidable housekeeper, and a mysterious madwoman. They, along with whispered secrets and murderous plots and villains, make the novel quite entertaining, and keep the book moving briskly. Magic Under Glass is a wonderful example of lovely, spirited storytelling, and an all around fun and lightly romantic fantasy read.
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Format: Hardcover
Seventeen-year-old Nimira had to leave her home and make her own way in the world after her mother died and her father lost the family's fortune. She now lives in Lorinar, where she performs in a music hall and wishes for a better life. When Hollin Parry, a mysterious sorcerer, offers her a job singing with his piano-playing automaton, she eagerly accepts the opportunity. There are rumors that the automaton is haunted but Nimira ignores them, desperate to leave her life in the music hall behind.

Hollin Parry's estate is lovely, a welcome change from the bustling city she lived in. But it is also a place full of secrets. The biggest of which is that the automaton is not haunted, but contains the trapped spirit of Erris, a fairy prince. As Nimira falls in love with Erris and attempts to free him from the curse, she is caught up in more danger than she expected.

Magic Under Glass is a wonderfully original fantasy from debate author Jaclyn Dolamore. The world she has created is very unique. It is reminiscent of the Victorian era with a bit of steam punk mixed in. If you love young adult fantasy and are looking to read something different and original, be sure to give this book a try. You won't be disappointed! I am very much looking forward to reading more by this talented new author.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on January 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jaclyn Dolamore's debut novel is a quick and engaging read that left me me wanting more. Not only did the slim volume end much to quickly, Dolamore's unique plot line and characters stayed with me even after I finished the last line.

First off, I'm still a bit in awe of the cover art. I thought it was gorgeous when I first saw it on Jackie's website and when I saw the arc, but it was nothing compared to the bound version when I saw it in the bookstore. It definitely is eye catching!

I was intrigued by the mention of an automaton as I read the plot summary for the novel. I wanted to know how Dolamore would pull off this interesting love story and how the more magical elements would play into the story.

I will say that I did find the explanation of the magical elements of the plot line a bit lacking. I'm hoping that an additional installment will bring some of unexplained details to light. I liked the idea of sorcerers and fairies, but wanted to know more about them. I think may have been the epic fantasy geek in me shining through... I longed for Magic to be a few hundred more pages long with lots of detail about these magical elements.

Dolamore has succeeded in writing a wonderful debut novel! I will definitely be reading her next novel(s). And I am so excited to see the next book's cover!
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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.

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