Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

By Jaclyn Dolamore

Nimira is a overseas music-hall lady compelled to bop for mere pennies. whilst filthy rich sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it's the begin of a brand new and higher existence. In Parry's global, even if, buried secrets and techniques are starting to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl approximately ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for activity. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped contained in the clockwork automaton, looking forward to anyone to damage his curse. the 2 fall right into a love that turns out hopeless, and breaking the curse turns into a race opposed to time, as not only their love, however the destiny of the whole magical international will be in danger.

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No, sir. ” It pained me to dwell on the subject. Even though Mr. Parry had defended me, the memory still jabbed at my pride. “I’m fine, I assure you. ” He smiled as if something I’d said had satisfied him. “I came into possession of this automaton some months ago, and I knew immediately that I wished to display it. It’s said to be fairy-made, the finest piece of clockwork you’ll ever see. It plays a number of popular tunes, older ones, the sort that could draw a broad crowd. But I thought it really should have a singer.

The high ceiling, painted with dancing nymphs, drained the intimacy from our voices, leaving every word hollow. In the grand dwellings of Tiansher, empty space was meant to encourage serenity, but this vastness seemed cold and forbidding. ” Mr. Parry asked. ” “Miss Rashten, would you mind telling the kitchen to send some supper to her room? ” He dismissed her with a nod, to my relief. We stood alone in the midst of thronelike chairs of dark wood and tables topped with vases. I had the sense that the chairs were never sat in and the tables never used.

Insects chirped in the cool, rain-scented night. Two golden statues of tigers frozen midpounce guarded the front door. “They’re beautiful,” I said as we passed them, running my hand along a perfectly formed paw, still slick from the rain. The sculptor had not missed a detail. From the pads of the paws to the little rounded ears, they looked just like the tigers in the menagerie at court. ” “So they are,” he said. “My father hunted tigers in Hangal. ” I jerked my hand back with sudden horror. ” Slowly, I closed my mouth.

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