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Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass

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A hair raising story full of suspense and intrigue. Nimira is picked out of her poor life as a music hall performer by the wealthy and mysterious Hollin Parry who asks her to sing for his automaton piano player. Parry is a sorcerer, his sprawling house and gardens are full of locked spaces and secrets. How Nirima falls in love with the fairy locked inside the automaton and sets about releasing him and in doing so becomes involved in the war between two worlds is a spellbinding story rich in delicious gothic detail.


Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

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.


'A memorable, delicate and ethereal fairytale romance'

'The prose has a delicate, ethereal quality that matches the story well'
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'A dark, florid vigour runs through it'
Financial Times

'Precise and picturesque, this is a sterling debut'
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About the Author

Jaclyn Dolamore

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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1st February 2010


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


240 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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