Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy—then Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty, the couple decide to go.
The sea voyage is long, and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that toward the end of the trip she discovers she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find was a lie. Also the entire estate is in disarray, with horrifying conditions and tensions with the local slave population so high, they are close to revolt. Jane and Vincent's sense of peril is screaming out for them to flee, but Vincent cannot stand to leave an estate connected with his family in such a condition. They have survived many grand and terrifying adventures in their time, but this one will test their skills and wits more than any they have ever encountered before, this time with a new life hanging in the balance.
Mary Robinette Kowal's Of Noble Family is the final book of the acclaimed Glamourist Histories.
About the Author
MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL was the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo winner for her story "For Want of a Nail." Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies. She also writes the Glamourist History series, which began with Shades of Milk and Honey. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and many manual typewriters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A good edition to the series, but I wouldn't recommend starting with this one. This time they are in the Caribbean and Vincent has to deal with more family issues. The only criticism I have is I didn't see additional character development from previous books.
Any Jane purist with an appreciation for whimsy would love this book and the series it belongs to. The author takes great pains to intriduce fantasy into the regency period without squashing the actual history. She meshes relevant and real historical events into her magical system seamlessly and artfully. Her writing is remarkably beautiful. Highly recommend to fantasy and Austen/Heyer enthusiasts.