Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Series: 2nd (Magic Under Glass)
Published: February 28th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it’s not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands—and begins to study the sorcerer’s spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.
I Give This ...
I was a little worried when picking this one up. It's been a long time since I read the first, and the details seemed a little fuzzy. Surprisingly, it seemed to matter very little the more the book progressed.
I find Nimira to be an interesting character. She really shows a lot of strength through out this entire book. She's willing to journey to the ends of the earth in hopes that a single man might be able to help Erris. I loved that she took matters into her own hands and decided to learn magic. She knows she only human, at the her powers may be week. That doesn't stop her from learning all she can. And when the time comes for her to journey into the fairy realm, she doesn't hesitate. She knows what she has to do.
While I loved Nimira throughout the entire story, I felt disconnect from Erris. The story is lacking his voice. I don't understand him. Since he tends to shut Nimira out, we don't gain much knowledge through her. He's really struggling with who he is, and thus seems to drag the story down a little. I also disliked Valanda's daughter, Violet immensely. She honestly didn't seem to have a redeeming quality about her.
My favorite new character was the jinn, Ifra. There was something about his personality and what he was that completely captured my attention. I also really liked learning more about Valdana. He's a complex character who barely makes an appearance in the story, but his impact seems great.
I loved the ending. I could see the story ending here, but I really hope there is more. I feel like Nimira has more to give. And, I really want to see were Erris' new journey may take him!