Glamour in Glass
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... show more
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 follows 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.
Publish date: January 15th 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, Alternate History
Series: Glamourist Histories (#2)
I get where a lot of people are coming from with some of the reviews but my experience with it was one of enjoyment. Jane has invested a lot of her energy and self worth into her skills as Glamorourist, now that she is in partnership with her husband she can see that she has worth, she is invested ...
Much like the previous book in the series, Glamour in Glass starts slowly in Kowal's charming, Austenesque way, and builds to a page-turning, action filled climax. The title of this book refers to experiments in recording a glamour in glass, much the same way as sound can be recorded on wax cylinde...
Married life is a bliss for Jane and Vincent. They work together creating majestic glamours for high-profile customers and hobnobbing modestly with nobility, while enjoying the more personal aspects as well. So when people start commending their trip to the mainland to Jane, she's understandably con...
Although slow to start, I found this book better than its predecessor, and especially enjoyed the climax. I find that I can relate to Jane Vincent and was genuinely moved by her struggles in the story. I also liked the quasi-historical element and enjoyed the resolution. Recommended.
3.5 stars, really.As in the first book, Kowal's strengths lie in the world-building, offering a more accessible window into Jane Austen's playground. This sequel expands its reach to give a glimpse of Europe, though, something Austen did only by proxy.The continuing adventures of Jane and her loved ...