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Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

Glamour in Glass (edition 2012)

by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

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    nessreader: Action-adventure war thriller fantasy crossed over with regency romance mannerpunk. Both Glamour in Glass and the Silvered have a lot of plot and the action in relation to the love story, which is fine by me.

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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 ones take her to Belgium for her honeymoon, where she learns more about both glamour and married life. The possible reentry of Napoleon into France brings intrigue and peril to the locals, causing Jane to take extreme measures to "save the day."

I liked this book better than the first one--it's a bigger story, with more of a plot and higher stakes. So good job on that. Its weaknesses continue to be an overreliance on Austen stories for mannerisms/plot points and the fact that Jane is more than a bit of a Mary Sue.

If you have a friend who's intimidated by Jane Austen, Kowal is a worthy alternative.

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  Pat_F. | Jul 25, 2014 |
The second book finds Jane and her husband off on a delayed honeymoon that has him seeing one of his old Glamourist friends in Belgium. Just in time for Napoleon to return for France. Vincent is also doing some glamour work for British citizens and as it turns out some work for his friend the Prince as well. Jane does some amazing things in this book for the love of her husband but it does come at a price. A really good read that has me all ready reading the third book. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
As with the first one, a readable enough story that lacks cleverness. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
As with the first one, a readable enough story that lacks cleverness. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
Kowal is finding her stride as she delves into her love story set amidst a Regency World where an overlay of fantasy has taken some hold.

That the concept of glamour is her entrée into the world of fantasy is deftly handled, though here, with the application of war perhaps not enough forethought has been given since the remark that only one application has ever been found seems slim. But we can overlook that as this is not the key to the story.

A further subplot that could have been stronger was the Binge/Spy subplot for the town does not seem worthy of so much intrigue. These thoughts perhaps should have been given some deeper reflection before penning the novel. The last quibble is perhaps the most major of all and reason that this detracts from being perfect is the reaction to the couples progeny and it seems rather quickly handled, more as a man would do without thought to the emotions a woman would have over it, though pregnancy and Ms. Kowal's magic system is what she decided was to be the heart of her tale.

That there are so many other elements in this unique presentation of the Regency Era, and that she brings characters to life is wonderful and dazzling as is her glamours. Though perhaps Prinny in 1815 might not be the same as the Prinny that was portrayed in the story, I find I rather like her fictitious view of the Regent who seems full of life and respectful of his subjects much more than the class society might have led him to be.

If one also takes into account that the tone of the Regency is what is being provided, through an Austen like rendition of it, and that some of the history (Belgium? a term for 1830 not 1815) is wrong but that since this is a fantasy world things can be changed, then this world is a wonderful place to visit. And were we in our own world able to have talented people who could create glamours from the ether, ours might be a better place for it.

Kowal's world is worth a visit should you love Austen, the Regency, or light fantasy. ( )
  DWWilkin | May 19, 2014 |
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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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Newlyweds Jane and David Vincent travel to Belgium and their ability to create invisibility via glamour makes them a target for emperor Napoleon's returning forces.

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