Mary Robinette Kowal stunned readers with her charming first novel Shades of Milk and Honey, a loving tribute to the works of Jane Austen in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. This magic comes in the form of glamour, which allows talented users to form practically any illusion they can imagine. Shades debuted to great acclaim and left readers eagerly awaiting its sequel. Glamour in Glass continues following the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue.
In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent's concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon…to escaping it.
Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison . . . and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country's war.
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While Kowal’s focus shifts somewhat abruptly from magical-scientific exploration to espionage adventure, the setting and the intricate techniques of glamour manipulation continue to intrigue, and the thoughtful portrayal of the difficulties of Jane and Vincent’s affectionately nontraditional partnership is thoroughly engaging.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Kowal has taken such care grounding her story in the time and place in which it’s set that the addition of magic is truly seamless.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Kowal is deft and subtle, able to capture the drama of a first-rate war novel while maintaining the calm, mannered form of Regency romances.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
The pacing was off, and the emotions were lacking towards the end which disappointed me.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
On the downside, while escapist and fun, Glamour in Glass still lacks that necessary *oomph* that elevates a novel from good to great.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Shades of Milk and Honey was one that totally blew me away.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Glamour in Glass is a significantly better effort at developing themes outside the ambit of Austen expectations and shows an author who’s prepared to take some risks to push the story outside the Regency mould. That said, I think there’s still a little too much time spent on the social side of life with a lot of talking for its own sake.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
With distinct personalities, gorgeous countryside, a touch of intrigue, and a very sweet romance, this book is just a treat – and I am already very much looking forward to the next one.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Kowal’s writing style is beautiful and engrossing, not to Regency-y but still conforming to the canon of the time.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Kowal’s talent with the craft comes through as all the pieces fall together in an expertly woven narrative.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Mary Robinette Kowal has produced another wonderful book.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
Presented in a successful fusion of magical realism, Regency romance, and wartime adventure, the story is rendered with elegant precision by Kowal’s literary artistry.Read Full Review of Glamour in Glass
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