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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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Tor Books
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Patrick

This book was rather outside my usual reading habits, not to mention my outside my usual historical time frame. Generally speaking, if it happened between 1750 and 1980, I'm not terribly interested.

That said, I really enjoyed this. Kowal does a startlingly good job of presenting a mindset that is very alien to me, specifically, that of a woman mired in upper class British social mores of the early 1800's.

The language was delightfully in keeping with the time period, while not being needlessly...more
Joel
Look, I love Jane Austen books as much as the next guy (provided the next guy’s love of Jane Austen books is limited to reading her shortest book and watching at least three separate adaptations of Pride & Prejudice), but no one is ever going to call her writing action-packed. Unless a bunch a well-dressed ladies making veiled catty comments to one another during a boring social event counts as action in your book. In which case, I hope you are sitting down when you read Mary Robinette Kowal...more
Kate O'Hanlon
I have a few problems with this book.

*warning for feminism*

The writing is still very good, but the plot is far less engaging. I want to give Kowal credit for diving in at the point where Austen et al always finish up, the heroine's successful marriage. But unfortunately Jane and Vincent's marriage just doesn't interest me. I find Vincent irritating even when he's not being thoughtless and inconsiderate.

Outside of the familiar regency tropes that probably prompted me to give Shades of Milk and H...more
Clare
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I was initially pleased to find that this novel was an improvement on Shades of Milk and Honey. The writing was crisper, the pacing was brisker, and the romantic leads seemed far more sympathetic. Then I started paying attention to the protagonist, and... Yeesh.

Jane is selfish, spiteful, petty and vain. She manifests a single-minded self-centeredness that verges on sociopathy, and seems to view even her "dear" husband as little more than a possession or an obstacle.

To make matters worse, the au...more
bookczuk
I'm a little in love with this book. It's not so much the story line (though that is surprisingly good, and that's coming from someone who is both irrepressibly drawn, yet sick to death of all the Jane Austen spawns and wannabes that are out there) as the individual bits and pieces that make up the book, and that Mary Robinette Kowal has passed on in her Author's Afterword, online blog, and in person. She's hit all my geeky and bookish markers, which auspicates a beautiful future.

So first off, a...more
Alexandra
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Sarah
I am really getting a kick out of Kowal's alternate-Regency series. This book had quite a bit more action than its predecessor, and I enjoyed the larger view that it allowed in removing the protagonists from the genteel English countryside. Glamour is a subtle addition to history; it is a pleasure to observe the ways that it changes both the larger course of events and the day to day life of its practitioners. The only problem with reading a book such as this the week it comes out is the long wa...more
Fade
A lovely sequel that improves greatly on the previous book. The relationships are as nicely handled as before, but there's a great deal more nuance in secondary characters, and moving away from "Will the protagonist find love?" (which is never quite in doubt) to a more exciting sort of plot does wonders for keeping Jane and Vincent interesting. I'm now looking forward to a third in the series; I want to hear much more about the science of glamour.
Anna
Well this was an unexpected treat! I thoroughly enjoyed Shades of Milk And Honey but this book is altogether on another plane, than that fantastical Austen pastiche. This sequel is far more grounded than what came before and it tells three main stories, two full of wisdom & lived experience & one full of intrigue and derring do. The main story in this book is that of the founding of a marriage - two people trying to figure out how to become family to each other when they don't know each...more
E.A.
This will be the second time I write this review because the . . . sigh. This only goes to how how much I enjoyed this book that I am willing to rewrite the review.

I have never knowingly read a book out of order, until now. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY for some time now. I have heard really good things about it but I have so many books on my to read list that I normally just read the books that I can get my hands on. When I won a copy of GLAMOUR IN GL...more
First Second Books
It’s difficult to resist a book with glass-blowing. Especially _magical_ glass-blowing.

Also: danger, intrigue, and cross-dressing!
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
When I picked up the first book in this series, 'Shades of Milk and Honey', I knew it was a fantasy-romance, but I didn't know that the romance aspects would far trump the fantasy aspects. But, despite that, I still generally enjoyed the story.

So, in going into 'Glamour in Glass', I was prepared for a more relationship/romance oriented story. That didn't stop me from being less than thrilled with the particular direction the story took - namely, Vincent acting a bit weird, and Jane fretting abou...more
Scott
Glamour in Glass is a worthy successor to Mary Robinette Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey. Jane and Vincent, married now, visit Belgium for their honeymoon and to study glamour with an acquaintance of Vincent. But it soon becomes clear that Vincent has other reasons to visit Belgium, and secrets he is not willing to share with his wife. Meanwhile, despite Napoleon's exile to Elba, the continent is anything but at peace. When Napoleon returns to France with an army at his back, there is much more...more
kris
Glamour in Glass had something going for it that I was really excited about: established relationship adventures. I love established relationship adventures; they are the jelly to my peanut butter. There's something about two people who are committed to each other working together that just gets me excited.

This book, though, didn't do it for me. I understand what Glamour in Glass was attempting to do with showing that relationships aren't all hunky dory with the kissing and the romantic poetic...more
Just A. Bean
I enjoyed this even more than the first one (which I liked a lot). I felt that getting away from the Jane Austen aspect and dashing off to have adventures on the Continent was a good choice, and the voice seemed to work better for that.

It was nice to see what happened to the couple after the HEA in the first book, especially since the relationship in Shades didn't get as much development as I would have liked. The conflict and affection between the newly weds felt genuine and sympathetic. I like...more
Olga Godim
This is a quiet fantasy novel set in Regency England, or rather an alternative version of Regency England, where magic is an art form like watercolors or music. It’s the second book in a series but it reads well as a stand-alone novel, and I’ll treat it as such.
There are two interlocking stories running through the narrative: a love story and a magic story, with a whiff of a war thriller to spice things up.
Its magical system is definitely the most interesting aspect of this novel. Magic – orig...more
Christopher Gerrib
Mary Robinette Kowal has a problem. The first line of her new novel Glamour In Glass somehow got cut out of the first edition. (For the record, the line is: There are few things in this world that can simultaneously delight and dismay in the same manner as a formal dinner party.) Despite that unfortunate glitch, I found Glamour In Glass simply spectacular.

The story is a loose sequel to her first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, and is set in Regency England. This is, however, Regency England wit...more
Jeremy Zimmerman
Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour in Glass, her second novel and a sequel to her critically acclaimed Shades of Milk and Honey, returns readers to her alternate version of Europe in the 1810s. Diverging from the Jane Austen style story of the first book, it explores married life, the magical art inherent in her world, and the politics of France under the shadow of Napolean.

Set in a world where the Prince of Wales serves as Regent over the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Faerie, and Ireland, Englan...more
Kathy Cowley
So Elizabeth gets together with Darcy, and they live happily ever after. Right? Well, maybe. This novel explores what does happen for Jane and her husband after wedding bells toll, and the minor squabbles, marital misunderstandings, hopes, joys, and pains of married life felt so real and beautiful to me. It's still a story of magic and art and all things Regency (with the added action of visiting France/Belgium right as Napoleon comes back) but more than that it's a story about what it means to...more
Jay
Kowal's first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, was best described as Jane Austin Light with a charming magic system and minor cultural differences for the regency period. Not a deep book, but written with such an enticing style that it was nearly impossible to put down. I waited with anxious anticipation for the sequel.

Glamour in Glass continues to show that Kowal is an author worthy of attention and praise. It is a well paced, engaging novel, with a more defined cultural interlacing of magic, a...more
Catherine Siemann
In Shades of Milk and Honey, the central concept of Jane Austen plus magic was relatively literal, based on two sisters of marriageable age and their romantic travails. Glamour in Glass, however, takes the concept further, after Jane's marriage to her former tutor in "glamour" (the magic art which differentiates this world from ours, or Austen's). The world of the novel opens out literally, to post-Napoleonic wars France and Belgium, and conceptually, to a married couple learning to collaborate...more
Leilani
In this sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, Jane and her new husband travel into Napoleonic Europe, exploring new techniques in their glamour, learning to share their lives with each other fully, and getting caught up in historical intrigue. I enjoyed this one much more than its predecessor, since the story felt less tightly tied to its Austen influences and came to life all on its own. The setting of an uneasy Belgium divided between supporters and enemies of Napoleon was fascinating, and Jane...more
Clare Fitzgerald
Though I have a bunch of other stuff I “should” be reading, I checked out the ebook of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour in Glass, the sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey.

Glamour in Glass has a little bit more social heft to it than the first, I think—Jane and Vincent go on a trip to the Continent, where Jane observes many differences in the societal rules governing French women versus English women. There is also some stuff about war and politics and Napoleon, and, my favorite of all military-rela...more
Wm
An accurate, fascinating take on the early days of a marriage of two intelligent, kind people in a interesting alt-history-with-magic setting. I liked the way both the characters and our understanding of the magic advanced. My only (minor) complaint is that it needed just a tad more action in the middle (or maybe that's just because I'm a guy).
Liz
Yay! Even better than the first. Highly recommend to anyone who believes that romance stories can continue past "and they got married" without breaking the couple up.
Ubalstecha
Having successfully completed a glamourmural for the Prince Regent, Jane and Vincent are off to the continent for their honeymoon. Unfortunately for them, Napoleon has also chosen this precise moment to try to recapture his former empire. Soon the newlyweds are pulled into international intrigue as they try to hide their new invention from the advancing French army while getting vital intel to the British forces.

This second installment in the Glamourist Histories is a good second installment. Th...more
Laney
For once, I really wish someone had revealed the ending of this book for me, or at least trigger-warned me about it. Not that it would have changed me reading it, but it would have prepared me a little better for the conclusion of the novel, based on my own personal experiences.

There were parts of this story at which I simply cringed... Vincent's continual dismissal of Jane (not just in a way that would have been accurate given historical context, but in a deeply cutting private level too); the...more
Nikko Lee
Why I read this book:

I was first introduced to Mary Robinette Kowal by the Writing Excuses podcast as she transitioned from guest to one of the regular hosts. While I was excited to read her first novel in the Glamourist Histories, Shades of Milk and Honey, I found it a little less adventuresome than I would have liked. After the author read my review and suggested that I might enjoy the second novel, I decided to put it on my to-read list. Last month, I was lucky enough to win a free advance co...more
Kurt Pankau
The precursor to this book, Shades of Milk and Honey is based on a simple premise: what if Jane Austen had magic? That book ended with a happily-ever-after, and now here we have a sequel based on a simple question: What happens after happily-ever-after?

Kowal takes her cast of Regency-era-mages ("glamourists" in her parlance, but let me have this one, okay?) and takes them to Belgium for The Hundred Days. History buffs will no doubt feel a tingle when they see Belgium and 1815, but as I am not on...more
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Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the 2011 Hugo. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year's Best anthologies. She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass (Tor 2012).

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS)...more
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