What’s it all about?:
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.
What did I think?:
I was recommended this book by my sister who “absolutely fell in love with it.” Being a bit of a sucker for a story with any magical element, I couldn’t wait to read it myself. As well as the oh so pretty cover design, its actually a decent read. The tale of a young girl who falls in love with a machine who is actually alive and (shock) – a fairy prince, was so sweet I just settled back and enjoyed the ride. I was definitely the sort of girl who clapped as hard as she could so a fairy wouldn’t die, and I see no reason to change now!
This book is so easy to read I devoured it in under 24 hours and am looking forward to the sequel “Magic Under Stone,” which was published in the UK last year. The author has posted some helpful answers to frequently asked questions on GoodReads including what the title means – literally and metaphorically (!!), how she rates it (a modest 4 stars) and how the country in the story is drawn. I recommend it to all magic fans everywhere.
Please see ChrissiReads fabulous review HERE.
Would I recommend it?:
But of course!
Star rating (out of 5):