Glamour in Glass by Mary Kowal

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12 Critic Reviews

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.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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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About Mary Kowal

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Mary Robinete Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the 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. Mary is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and currently serves on the board of directors. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, Mary grew up in North Carolina and spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Rob, and nine manual typewriters.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Tor Books. 289 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Glamour in Glass
All: 12 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 06 2012

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.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Natalie Luhrs on Apr 01 2012

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.

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Boing Boing

Excellent
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Apr 11 2012

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.

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The Bookpushers

Below average
Reviewed by Lou on May 14 2012

The pacing was off, and the emotions were lacking towards the end which disappointed me.

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The Book Smugglers

Below average
Reviewed by Thea James on Apr 10 2012

On the downside, while escapist and fun, Glamour in Glass still lacks that necessary *oomph* that elevates a novel from good to great.

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on Mar 27 2012

Shades of Milk and Honey was one that totally blew me away.

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Thinking about books

Above average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jun 17 2012

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.

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Book Yurt

Good
Apr 10 2012

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.

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Austenprose

Good
Reviewed by Shelley DeWees on Apr 14 2012

Kowal’s writing style is beautiful and engrossing, not to Regency-y but still conforming to the canon of the time.

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Clockwork Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jeremy Zimmerman on May 10 2012

Kowal’s talent with the craft comes through as all the pieces fall together in an expertly woven narrative.

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TCM Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Chris Gerrib on Apr 20 2012

Mary Robinette Kowal has produced another wonderful book.

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Portland Monthly Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Jay Lake on Apr 01 2012

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.

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