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Posted June 7, 2012
Another enjoyable read from Mary Robinette Kowal. Like Shades of
Another enjoyable read from Mary Robinette Kowal. Like Shades of Milk and Honey, I wouldn't usually find myself attracted a story set in the Regency period, with all of the preaning society and fussing over propriety and fashion and such. I would much rather read books with action, maybe with spies and science fiction. But I enjoyed the first book of the series and felt like I was invested in it, so onward!
Happily, not only does this book deliver on the period details and characters, it also brings in some action and spies, and takes the fantasy almost into science fiction (Jane comes up with the idea of capturing the effects of glamour/magic in glass, hence the title).
Napolean is in exile and peace has broken out on the continent. The recently married Jane and Vincent head for Belgium to spend time with his glamour mentor. This gives Jane a new set of societal, political and personal problems to navigate. Then Napolean goes on the move again and things heat up.
The writing is top-notch. The author has a deft touch with character and dialog. Settings are distinct and vivid. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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Posted January 26, 2013
Once more, Mary Robinette Kowal draws me into her wonderful alte
Once more, Mary Robinette Kowal draws me into her wonderful alternate Austenesque universe. In her usual beautiful lilting voice, she carries us into a world where heroines in the style of Lizzie Bennet and Marianne Dashwood dabble in the art of magic. This is a wonderful lark into the Regency period, with a dash of fantasy. I loved her first novel in this series, and even as an Austen purist, I can appreciate these books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Mary's quick, rapier wit and gift for language is translated quite powerfully in her work. I recommend these books to anyone who reads Austen or Heyer or the like.
Posted December 28, 2012
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