My rating: 4.5/5.0
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Release Date: December 22, 2009
I received this book to read and review through Around the World Tours.
A beautiful story of a girl who goes from dancing in a show to being a woman set to sing with an automaton while living in a wealthy man's home. I loved the fantasy world mixed with real world aspect of it. It sounds like it's historical, yet there is wizardry and fairies mixed in. A very well-developed world that I look forward to exploring more in future books.
The love story is also beautiful. I like how it shows how one can fall in love with someone for who they are not what they are - Nimira was able to look past the fact that Erris is an automaton. And Erris' love for Nimira was lovely too.
I liked Nimira's character, she is strong and even when she is a dancer, she remember who she is and knows that she will have a better life. She never compromises herself and I appreciated the self-confidence she showed. But she wasn't without weakness either, she was a great balance of being a young woman.
The plot kept this book moving along with the characters and it is a wonderful book to spend an afternoon with.
About the Book:
Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.