Synopsis: 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.
Review: I don't think I've read anything quite like this before. I've seen great reviews for it, but hadn't had the chance to pick it up until I saw a copy at my library. I actually think I'm one of the few who just read it now. Let me tell you, this novel is a great piece of work! I made the mistake of thinking I could put it down so I started it at one in the morning, only to find myself completely lost in its world by the end, not even noticing it was 3. When the automaton first began to speak, I was REALLY creeped out! But who could blame me? It was late at night and here I am reading about a talking machine. Of course, shortly after, I learn he's much more than that.
Throughout the book, I rooted for Nim! She's not feisty, but she knows how to make very good choices--and she's strong. She knows how to save herself. The only thing I didn't like about this novel was how fast the love happened. I just didn't see it! Heck, I didn't even know she was in love with him until she told him, herself. But the magical aspect of the book makes up for everything. Wherever it is taking place, it obviously is unlike any other. The writing itself was beautiful. I recommend it to anyone with a keen desire for mystery, magic, and romance.
What I thought of...
The Beginning: It draws you in pretty quickly.
The Middle: I was panicking all the way through.
The End: I need the sequel right away!!!! AHHHH. It can't end like this.
Favorite quote from book:
"There could be hope for us yet."
FTC: Got from library!