Title: Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors
Author: H. L. Burke
Review: The opening to Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors was amazing. We meet Nyssa Glass a reformed thief working as a mechanic of sorts when a mysterious man shows us demanding she performs one last heist and he won’t turn over evidence on an unsolved crime involving her. When she refuses things get ugly very quickly and Nyssa is now running for her life. This opening was just so action packed I wondering where Burke could keep the pace up even in such a short novel.
As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel, Nyssa learns that she has been thrown into the middle of a war for valuable information for which many people have died or been killed. An employee of the acclaimed Mr. Rivera; Albreit wants Nyssa to retrieve the information that he is entitled to and at this point she feels he is the lesser of two evils and with Mr. C. dead she doesn’t really have anything or anyone to go back too. As we cross the 1/4 mark in the novel Nyssa has managed to get into the grounds of the mansion she is going to be breaking into but has no idea what lies inside, while she is apprehensive she is also extremely curious about what sorts of robotics and information could be hidden inside Dalhart mansion.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel Nyssa begins to go about getting the computers on the access the files and the computer seems to be hooked up to special mirrors. It is here she meets Hart, the computer but it is more of an AI than a computer, together they begin to connect Hart to the other computers in the house including the main one in the lab but there are problems like restrictors limiting Hart’s power and I am wondering if this was done for a reason. Hart and Nyssa work together very well even when unexpected things happen they bounce off one another perfectly it doesn’t help that a lot of things seem to be wrong with Hart from its missing memory to being denied access to other areas of the house and to automated staff within.
As we cross into the second half of the novel things take a darker turn when we learn what really happen to some of the human staff that used to work in the house, now Nyssa and Hart want to access the lab immediately to unravel the mysteries of what happened at Dalhart mansion. As the duo works their way through the house they stumble upon several of the missing staff members although they aren’t quite all there. Nyssa begins to ponder on what happened in the house and to professor Dalhart and who Hart really is. As they progress to the lab Nyssa has nagging feeling that Hart is actually Dalhart’s son Ellis especially when Hart comments on his programming being too human for a machine.
As we cross into the final section of the novel, a few other people find Nyssa and Hart and have been tracking her through the house to ensure she got into Professor Dalhart’s lab. The final mechanized action sequence at the end finally brings the truth to life and Nyssa is now the only person who can help Hart in destroying the madness that had grown and developed within the mansion to make sure it never falls into the wrong hands again. Nyssa and Hart then leave town together like they planned on a journey to begin a new life somewhere else. The twist at the end of the novel was sublime and I love the interactions between Nyssa and the two different sides of Hart.
Overall, I found this novel to be amazing and I honestly can’t wait to read more about Nyssa and Hart in the next book. I would highly recommend this book to all steam-punk fans as it is just so well written with amazing descriptions. One thing that surprised me about this novel was despite its length it is action packed, fast paced and just a delight to read and I can’t wait to read more by Burke in the near future.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by the author
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