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Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories) - Mary Robinette Kowal
Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories)
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Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with award-winning short stories and beloved novels featuring Regency pair Jane and Vincent Ellsworth. In Without a Summer the master glamourists return home, but in a world where magic is real, nothing—even the domestic sphere—is quite... show more
Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with award-winning short stories and beloved novels featuring Regency pair Jane and Vincent Ellsworth. In Without a Summer the master glamourists return home, but in a world where magic is real, nothing—even the domestic sphere—is quite what it seems.Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane’s family, but quickly turn restless. The year is unseasonably cold. No one wants to be outside and Mr. Ellsworth is concerned by the harvest, since a bad one may imperil Melody’s dowry. And Melody has concerns of her own, given the inadequate selection of eligible bachelors. When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent family in London, they decide to take it, and take Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects—and mood—will be brighter in London. Once there, talk is of nothing but the crop failures caused by the cold and increased unemployment of the coldmongers, which have provoked riots in several cities to the north. With each passing day, it’s more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, none of which really helps Melody’s chances for romance. It’s not long before Jane and Vincent realize that in addition to getting Melody to the church on time, they must take on one small task: solving a crisis of international proportions.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780765334152 (0765334151)
ASIN: 0765334151
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 Rather uneven entry
So, Kowal's alternative history/fantasy continues on, with the adventures of Jane and Vincent coming together in service of the British Crown once again, this time with more romantic entanglements and family drama (a bit for both the main protagonists and Jane's younger sister Melody). This time t...
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
4.0 Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories)
This is the best in the bunch so far, I think. As with the second book, it takes it cues from a real-world event--this time, the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia. The atmosphere was so clouded with volcanic ash that 1816 was dubbed "The Year Without a Summer," thus the title of the book.J...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
4.5 Magic tinged history
This third entry in The Glamourist Histories series enchants just as much as the first two with a magic tinged blend of real and alternate Regency history.  Newly married Jane and Vincent are back home after a honeymoon on the Continent that coincided with Napoleon’s escape from Elba.  They have a L...
JennieBasset
JennieBasset rated it
Each book in this series adds layers to the story of Vincent and Jane. Their love, their glamour, and their family entanglements take center stage here.
lmhwjs
lmhwjs rated it
*Minor, very minor spoilers ahead*I'm glad I stuck with the series, I didn't care for the first book, I despised Melody, and Jane was irritating. The second book was better, and this third one is definitely the best in the series so far. Melody has completely redeemed herself, I would probably read ...
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