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Magic Under Glass Hardcover – December 22, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
I don't think I ever really connected with Nimira as a character. It was hard for me to figure her out, and though her motives for doing things were clearly stated, I didn't feel the emotion behind it. She would say Nimira is doing something because of an emotion, but she wouldn't show that she was feeling that emotion. I also thought a lot of the secondary characters were underdeveloped, especially Parry. He seemed to be nothing more than a plot device, despite Dolamore's attempts to give him some character.
The uniqueness of having Erris, a clockwork man, as a character certainly makes up for some of the less developed characters. Erris was my favorite, and probably the most developed of them all. He is one example of Dolamore showing his feelings more than telling them.
The plot is like nothing I've read before, and I really enjoyed how unique it was. Nimira's world wasn't developed enough for my taste, but then again, I like my fantasies rich with detail and so full of political intrigue I start to forget what the words "democrat" and "republican" mean. There was some explanation of how her world works, but it really just wasn't enough for my personal tastes.
Perhaps because it wasn't bogged down by extensive explanations of the world in which it was set, this book had a nice, quick pace. It doesn't linger too long on any point, so it's not boring. It's also relatively short, and quite a light read.
I enjoyed Magic Under Glass, but I never fully connected with the characters. It's a light read, but the fantastical elements are intriguing. As I mention above, I prefer my fantasies very detailed, sometimes to the point where they're boring at parts, and that is not this book. If you like yours a little easier to follow, then this could be a good fit for you!
She falls in love with a musical automaton who must be wound with a key, and can only communicate with her one letter at a time, like a ouija board. It speaks a lot for her perseverance and/or wishful thinking that they manage a relationship like this.
Meanwhile, her employer is falling in love with her, with all the creepiness inherent in an inequitable relationship where he has all the power and she has talent.
Nimara and her clockwork beloved are arrayed against dark powers, and work to help restore the status quo.
I liked Nimara as a character. I think it would be easy to write her off an a victim of circumstance, but then she says things like
I felt a little sick, but pretending was a woman's lot, more than ever on foreign soil.
Erris had enough to worry about without needing to console me. He tried to put his arms around me, and I turned away. "No. I'm not crying like one of those girls-- who only wants to be held." "You do want to be held." His arms went around me from behind. I felt his strength. "And how I've wanted to hold you, Nim. I do like Nim. And I don't just mean the name."
I stopped pushing. I let out my breath. Some resistance inside me broke, letting in a rush of something I'd never allowed before. I had never been so weak; yet I had never been so strong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm currently in rehearsals to do a musical based on this book and the sequel and have only now gotten around to reading them. Read morePublished 7 days ago
The three main characters that populate this book are well written, multi-dimensional, and manage to still exhibit ‘normal’ emotions and reactions to the proceeding of the plot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elizabeth S. Tyree
Magic Under Glass has all the ingredients of a wonderful fairy tale, but somehow it fell flat.
Nimira is away from her homeland for some unknown reason, and she is... Read more
Cute book, fast read and sweet... but nothing that really popped out at me. Wished it had kept going and been a longer book instead of cutting it short and leaving it open for the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Elisabeth
This book was like finding a treasure! I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by this curious tale. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Daniell English-Baxter
At the start of the story, Nim is working for next to nothing in a run-down theater that's frequented by unsavory men. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Cornucopia of Reviews (Lizzy)
Nimira, a girl from Tasim who has traveled far from home to try and change her fortune. A "trouser girl" trained in the art of dancing, a novelty that has fallen out of fashion... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by BookDevour
The characters were great the plot was great everything was great! I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.Published on December 27, 2012 by India