Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors by H.L. Burke Review

The eccentric scientist has left more booby traps than clues behind, and Nyssa has only the untrustworthy home security system's disembodied voice for guidance through the mansion.

What’s it About?

Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors is the story of an electrician’s apprentice. On the surface, she’s just a teenager, but she already has a dark past. When it resurfaces, she is left with no choice but to do one last job. She must break into the home of an eccentric scientist. He’s left more booby traps than clues behind, and Nyssa has only the untrustworthy home security system’s disembodied voice for guidance.

What I Thought of Nyssa Glass & the House of Mirrors

Novellas are a difficult balance to strike. They fall somewhere between short stories and novels. Though they still require many of the same elements as a 300-page book to feel full, novellas only take up about half the space.

This first installment of the Nyssa Glass mysteries doesn’t do as much world-building and set-up as a novel, but it came close to giving me the same satisfaction. I liked Nyssa and I understood her character’s position. The story had many classic Steampunk elements that fans will enjoy, such as futuristic technology a-la the Red Queen in Resident Evil. In reality, this security system is even creepier than that little girl hologram.

The mansion was a very cool setting, and provided the most interesting tension in the story. The villains weren’t all that impressive compared to the mad scientist’s machines. It’s a good first step, but be prepared for it to be over in a single sitting. The first one didn’t go quite the distance I would have liked, but I am interested enough in Nyssa’s tale to follow along to the next book. Luckily, there are several more installments to Nyssa’s dark and twisted path.

Have you read any of the Nyssa Glass books,? What do you think of author H.L. Burke? Have you read any of her non-steampunk work? Let us know what you think in the comments! 

  • 8.5
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