I didn't realize this book was #3. It didn't feel like reading a third book. I am really curious about the first two now.
I loved the premise of this b...moreI didn't realize this book was #3. It didn't feel like reading a third book. I am really curious about the first two now.
I loved the premise of this book. The Great London Fire was caused by a dragon. The fairy court banished the dragon to a passing astronomical rock, only they found out later that it was Hailey's Comet and that it would be coming back, with the dragon.
The book was fascinating and I thought she did a great job of blending the fanstastical with the historical.(less)
I liked this book, but I had the advantage that I actually didn't know anything about it. It was more of a surprise because I didn't know some of the...moreI liked this book, but I had the advantage that I actually didn't know anything about it. It was more of a surprise because I didn't know some of the big things.
I liked this one more than #2 and #3. It was such a fun read.(less)
I picked this book up because it was a Beehive Book Nominee. I am glad that I got it. I had no idea what it was about.
The book is about a young girl...moreI picked this book up because it was a Beehive Book Nominee. I am glad that I got it. I had no idea what it was about.
The book is about a young girl who comes home to get married and she finds her mother's grave outside of the cemetery and enclosed in a cage. It takes place shortly after the civil war. What I really liked about the book are the characters. They were realistic without being overly annoying. (less)
Just as good. I felt like I wanted more focus on the new characters and not as much time needed to be spent on some of the characters from the other b...moreJust as good. I felt like I wanted more focus on the new characters and not as much time needed to be spent on some of the characters from the other books. (less)
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The issue I had with it is that I didn't like Jane as much. I loved Vincent and Melody which made Jane's s...moreI wanted to like this book more than I did. The issue I had with it is that I didn't like Jane as much. I loved Vincent and Melody which made Jane's snobbishness that much worse. I can't wait for the next one. I am planning on rereading it and maybe the second time around I will enjoy it more and feel like I can give it five stars. If only Jane weren't so bothersome. (less)
I protested reading Lund's historical fiction for years, which I'm not so proud of. I have read two of his now and they are really well done. The impo...moreI protested reading Lund's historical fiction for years, which I'm not so proud of. I have read two of his now and they are really well done. The important thing to remember is that some of the book is fiction, but he puts in a lot of historical information as well.
The undaunted is about the pioneers who traveled through Hole in the Rock and settled Bluff, Utah. I knew something about it, but I never grasped the complete situation. Some of the people who traveled across the plains in the hand cart companies were also in this group, and they said this was harder. I grew really attached to the characters, fact and fictional alike. I think that Lund did a great job of presenting the situation in a way that really drew me in. (less)
I actually read the sequel before I read this one. I don't like reading books out of order and this is the fist time I've done it. A few people expres...moreI actually read the sequel before I read this one. I don't like reading books out of order and this is the fist time I've done it. A few people expressed their concerns at me reading the books out of order because it means that I know how SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY ends. Even knowing how Jane turns out I still had no idea how it got there. This book really does read like a Jane Austen novel. If you are worried about the fact that it is fantasy novel the magic in this novel isn't what you would expect in a book with wizards but it enhances the world.
In SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY Jane is falling in love with her neighbor Mr. Dunkirk. The only problem is the fact that she doesn't feel like she can compare to her younger, more attractive sister. The only talent she has is her ability to work Glamour. While she tries to figure out what exactly she wants in life she gains a new friend, the younger sister of the man she has feelings for. Beth is a sweet young girl but there are parts of her past that lead to a moody nature. Beth's new Glamour teacher, Mr. Vincent, seems to have his own secrets and shares no love for anyone but himself.
This is a book that I am going to reread year after year. It is a fun read that didn't take me long to finish, especially since it drew me in. I love the fact that Mary Robinette Kowal completely submerged me into the world without overburdening me with all of the details that would make it drag. I would recommend reading this one first but if for some reason you can't get your hand on a copy don't let it stop you, so long as you do get around to this one eventually because it is a story you don't want to miss.(less)
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 rewri...moreThis 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 GLASS from Goodreads I decided I was just going to read it. I mean what is the advantage of reading an ARC if you can't read it before it is officially released? I am glad I didn't wait. I recommend reading the SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY first, but if you find a copy of GLAMOUR IN GLASS in your hands, don't let it stop you.
One of the reasons why I refuse to read books out of order, especially fantasy, is because not only do you lose some of the character development, but it can be confusing to understand all of the magic system. In this world the magic system is known as glamour and it is an illusionary style. Though I am sure I probably didn't grasp all of what the glamourists are capable of or how it works, I understand what was happening and all of the important information was explained. GLAMOUR IN GLASS also gives some information from the previous story but wasn't a complete summary and I only know the eventual end, I will still read it to see how it gets there.
This story takes place in Europe during Napoleon's exile to the island of Elba. The main character, Jane, works as a glamourist with her husband Vincent. They have only been married a short time and decide that since the threat of Napoleon is gone they can take their honeymoon. They both love doing glamour and decide to go to Brussels where a glamourist friend of Vincent's lives. He has a new technique that he wants to show them. For those of you who know your history, Napoleon eventually escapes from Elba. Jane and Vincent are now caught in the middle of a country that is split as to whether to support Napoleon or not. The only problem is they have something that the army wants.
GLAMOUR IN GLASS is an engaging read. It isn't for everyone, especially if you are looking for epic battles between armies. But, I liked the fact that it offered something that I haven't seen a lot of, a heroine who hasn't been modernized. Too many times when I read stories that are suppose to be about classic time periods the heroine has modern ideals, beliefs, feelings, and clash with what is historically accurate. Jane is a character who sticks to tradition yet remains strong and determined. Not only are the characters historically accurate but I could tell Mary did her research about the time period. She gave enough details with the language, clothing, life-styles, even the weapons that I was immersed but at the same time there wasn't too much that it dragged the story down. I hope that Mary writes more in this same style. (less)