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Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, britain
Read on June 18, 2012

This sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey is an improvement on its predecessor. For one thing, Kowal is not particularly adept at nuance or witty dialogue, so a little more action is a welcome distraction. If she weren't inviting me to constantly compare her to Jane Austen (to the point of using a reference list of all the words from Austen's works while writing the novel), I would probably be able to judge her a little better on her own merits.

While the first book was for all intents and purposes an Austen knock-off, this one is more of a historical fiction, breaking Austen's rule of never mentioning any of the interesting events going on in the world outside of rural England. As well as putting Jane into the thick of some exciting events in Belgium during the Napoleonic wars, Kowal also delves productively into marital relationships. I enjoyed reading about Jane's progression from timid, insecure newlywed to equal partner in a healthy and beautiful relationship.

(view spoiler) I'll definitely be reading the next books in this series.
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