Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

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On balance, I judge this to be reasonably successful. The magic of the glamour is innovative and the plot is twisted to produce an interesting climax in which all that has been learned is given a chance for practical application. Although it does lack humour and focuses too much on jealousies for my taste, this is not a mere Austen pastiche.
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The fantasy novel you've always wished Jane Austen had written

Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.

Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane's skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody's suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right-and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

 

About Mary Robinette Kowal

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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." Mary serves on the board of directors of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and nine manual typewriters.
 
Published August 3, 2010 by Tor Books. 305 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Dec 22 2010

On balance, I judge this to be reasonably successful. The magic of the glamour is innovative and the plot is twisted to produce an interesting climax in which all that has been learned is given a chance for practical application. Although it does lack humour and focuses too much on jealousies for my taste, this is not a mere Austen pastiche.

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