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. - summary from Goodreads
Oh mah goodness. So I think I first heard about this book on Rebecca's blog, where I was instantly attracted to its cover and the story, which promises exotic locales and characters, magic, love, music, and danger. Needless to say, even with all the several dozen or so Tenners' books coming out next year, this one stands out as one of my most highly anticipated. That cover and synopsis will hopefully be enough to get me through the long and cold, anticipatory winter! :)
Magic Under Glass will be published by Bloomsbury on February 1, 2010.
What are YOU waiting on this week?