Glamour in Glass
By Mary Robinette Kowal
Tor, 2012. 334 pgs. Fantasy
Want a little fantasy with your Pride and Prejudice? Mary Robinette Kowal adds just a dash of the stuff to create a delightful Regency Era tale. In this sequel to The Shades of Milk and Honey, practical, plain-faced Jane is happily married to a husband who sees her as his equal in the creation of glamours (the weaving of magic to create fantastical illusions). That sad thing about glamours is they can never last. It just takes too much energy to keep them going.
In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon, but when Vincent is captured by the French, Jane must figure out a way to rescue her husband without straining herself too much in the use of glamour weaving.
It’s rare for a sequel to tops it predecessor, but I think that is exactly what Kowal has done. She has left behind Jane’s annoying family and focused more on drama and intrigue. This is a fast, fun, and clean read recommended for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or fantasy.