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Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

One of the best Austen-inspired novels I've read

I will begin by saying that when it comes to Austen-sequels and other such fiction, I am not even the slightest-bit interested. I will read Georgette Heyer sometimes, but as a mean, I am not interested in imitators.

Mary Robinette Kowal is no imitator. Her style and ...
I will begin by saying that when it comes to Austen-sequels and other such fiction, I am not even the slightest-bit interested. I will read Georgette Heyer sometimes, but as a mean, I am not interested in imitators.

Mary Robinette Kowal is no imitator. Her style and voice brought me right back to that feeling I got when I first read Jane Austen's work long ago. It was like discovering another fantasy book by Jane that she'd kept secret from the world.

I fell in love with the characters as surely as I fell in love with Austen's. The story was engaging and quite clever and her gift of description pulled me right into the story, and whenever I was forced to put it down, I would spend the day wondering what was to come. I did not want this book to end! I'm so glad there's another! I'm off to buy it as we speak.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Austen, but who also enjoys an imaginative tale with magic and mystery.

posted by MirandaMayer on December 25, 2011

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

bizarre book...

The book was mildly entertaining...but it's a mistake to try to tout this novel to Jane Austen lovers b/c we're bound to react, "It's nothing like her!"

The main Ellsworth family is an obvious but flat copy of the Bennetts (Pride & Prejudice) and the language never...
The book was mildly entertaining...but it's a mistake to try to tout this novel to Jane Austen lovers b/c we're bound to react, "It's nothing like her!"

The main Ellsworth family is an obvious but flat copy of the Bennetts (Pride & Prejudice) and the language never gets beyond feeling like a light imitation of Austen. The characters are flat and so are the relationships between them.

The idea of glamour is interesting, though, and it did remind me of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

A light read, best to get it used or from a library :)

posted by 2ndlady on April 21, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    Fine First Novel, though not at all like Jane Austen

    If you've read a lot of Austen, this novel is the lightning bug to Austen's lightning. Some of Austen's characters are recognizable, but as traits, not as people. There is some awkward prose (and a lack of Austen's witty style). The story takes a very long time to get going. But about halfway it finds its feet, and though the villain is obvious from the start, it's fun to see how things resolve. If you like Regency romances, you should enjoy this book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    I quite liked it.

    As someone who mainly reads fantasy and historical fiction/ romance...this was the perfect combination. I liked the mixture of the two worlds and they blended quite well. The magic was pretty well explained...but a bit confusing at times. It would have been nice to learn a bit more of how it all worked....but I always want more when it comes to magic and how it works. The underlying story and romance helped move things along and provided a bit of drama and danger...though I found the romance a bit rushed in the end. I like more build up to the romance and dont like it tied up too quickly. But all in all a good read and i just might pick up the next one.

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