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Glamour in Glass

Glamour in Glass is a Regency-period fantasy novel, and the sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal.

If you haven’t read Shades of Milk and Honey – you definitely don’t want to read anything about Glamour in Glass! It’s just too good to have spoilers!! So, take a look at my review of Shades of Milk and Honey here and go read that (it was on my Stand-Out Books of 2012 list!) – then you will want to read Glamour in Glass!

I’m trusting that if you’re still reading, you’ve already read Shades of Milk and Honey – yes? Okay then:

If you loved, or even just liked, the Jane Austen homage Shades of Milk and Honey and the refreshingly new and fleshed-out magic of glamour it presented, you don’t need me to tell you to read Glamour in Glass really. I’m going to give you only the scantest of details.

After Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent are encouraged to honeymoon outside of England. The newlyweds go to Belgium where tension are still high but Vincent gets to visit with his old instructor in glamour – a brilliant man that sparks Jane’s creative, inventive mind as well.

While there, though, Jane’s new marriage is tested in ways she does not expect. As is her own personal expectations and restrictions.

And as whispers of war increase, Jane realizes that the choices she makes will likely affect her and Vincent’s lives – forever.

It’s a bit of a weak synopsis but I loved it SO MUCH I really didn’t want to give much of anything away!!!

Mary Robinette Kowal’s prose flows beautifully, making usage of the English language like is rarely done anymore. It really is a Jane Austen lover’s dream, in my opinion. I adored the writing, and found it even improved upon from Shades of Milk and Honey!

Jane and Vincent’s relationship is sexy and romantic in a subdued way. Their ups and downs are realistically painful and joyful, stormy and peaceful. It’s a marriage that I am invested in, and as I love both characters I found it to be heartrending and irresistible. There’s a depth there that I really relished.

Add in Kowal’s fantastic intricacies of theoretical and practical glamour, suspenseful intrigue, and a truly intelligent, admirable (yet perfectly not perfect) heroine, I found Glamour in Glass to be even superior to the previous book – I. Loved. It.

You love Mr. Darcy? You’ll love Vincent. He is hot. Yep. ;)

Glamour in Glass is tender, impeccable, awesome, and just outright DAZZLING!!!!

I highly, highly recommend it – and I can’t wait for Without a Summer, the third book in the series to come out!!! I bet you won’t be able to wait, either!

It'll be out in April. Not too long, but not fast enough either!


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