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Glamour in Glass

(Glamourist Histories #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,309 ratings  ·  805 reviews
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 awaiti ...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Tor Books
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for something light and frilly with just a hint of danger. Oh! Napoleon is Loose!!! And of course, since this is a literally magical romance set in the Regency, it certainly fit all the bills and requirements of my mood. :)

Romance! Magic! Lace! Glamour! Children?

This is an extremely easy read. It has all the feel and the magic of, say, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, at least in the setting and some of the apparent uses of magic to beat back Napoleon, but all in all, it's narrow
Kate O'Hanlon
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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’s G ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, romance, fantasy, meh
I feel really bad about giving this book one star, I've read articles written by Mary Robinette Kowal before and I really liked her voice, and I'm a huge fan of her lettermo initiative! But... I just didn't like this book.

In retrospect, I think my first problem was the fact that I didn't read the first book in the series (for some reason I thought this was the first book!) and if my dislike was based on a lack of understanding of the plot, then I'd chalk it up to that and go read the first book
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I read Shades of Milk and Honey, I wasn’t that impressed — even when I reread it. But I quite liked Glamour in Glass. Probably partly out of sheer bloodymindedness; I looked at some reviews and oh how they whined about Jane’s attitude to pregnancy in this book. And I thought, wait: that’s actually interesting. Yes, let’s address how dangerous pregnancy could be at that time. Let’s address how “confinement” literally imprisoned women. Yes! Let’s discuss the aftermath of the Austen and Heyer ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars. This got off to a slow start for me and then I started to struggle with part of the storyline that made Jane and myself quite unhappy. Then I got really into it and from there it becomes a galloping good read of espionage, betrayal and Glamourist secrets that save the day.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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This series continues to entertain, though it takes a pretty wild subject/tone shift in this book - as another reviewer says, "in Austen's terms, this thing might as well have been written by Michael Bay." If the last book was the marriage plot, this book is the Napoleon plot. Or something. And it's unfortunate that this book's plot only works because the two main characters refuse to communicate with each other. It's my least favorite trope, though it does progress their relationship in a belie ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Glamour in Glass was every bit of an enjoyable escape for me as Shades of Milk and Honey. I absolutely love this time period setting and the magic of glamours just enhances that. In this one, Jane and Vincent work as a husband and wife team working as glamourists for noble families. Jane is adjusting to married life, as they are working on their "honeymoon".

I have to say, one of the things I am really enjoying about this serie
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
Kaethe Douglas
Had this just been a book of Regency magic and manners it would have been charming enough: the period is evoked more convincingly than usual in both dialog and mores. But no, Kowal wasn't content to leave it at that: there are complications such as creative and technological insight and war. You don't get a lot of that sort of development, which is a pity, because I really love seeing characters work through problems and setbacks. There were also books being read, both for information and group ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This second book in Kowal's Glamourist series returns to the Regency world she created in Shades of Milk and Honey (my review here), but Kowal departs from the strongly Austen-y feel of the first to a more standard paranormal historical feel -- a development I welcome!

Jane and her new husband find themselves in Belgium for their honeymoon, and they use the time to study some of the Continental glamour techniques and skills, as well as experimenting with the use of glass in glamour work. But Nap
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed Shades of Milk and Honey, and was looking forward to seeing Jane and Vincent working glamour and dealing with whatever comes their way as a couple in this book. But everything felt slightly off: the characterisation of Jane and Vincent, the French*, the plotting (all over the place IMO), the rabble of other characters - mainly unsympathetic, and those who weren't were paper thin. It also seems as if there are no other women in this world worth spending time with, which I find a little ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Jane Vincent née Ellsworth has thwarted the threat to her immediate family, has saved her younger sister Melody's prospects, improved her own skill at creating and manipulating glamours, and has landed the love of her life with Sir David Vincent as her loving (if gruff) husband. Wedded bliss, however, is short-lived when Jane and Vincent are called away to Brussels to consult on new glamour techniques from one of Vincent's old colleagues. The Continent - particularly anywhere near France - is in ...more
I greatly preferred the first book to this one. While Glamour in Glass had the same main characters, the setting and tone of the book were completely different. It just didn't really excite me at all, and near the end I had to force myself to keep reading. The conflict of the war wasn't very appealing to me, and I was a little annoyed with both Jane and Vincent for their lack of communication with each other.

Another thing that bothered me is that one of the things that is mentioned in the summa
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 stars. I think 2013 has seen me branching out into more sub-genres of fantasy than any other year, thanks to participating in events like the Worlds Without End's Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge. Once, Mary Robinette Kowal fell into the category of "An author I've never read before, but would really like to" and so the book I chose for the challenge was 2012 Nebula Award nominated Glamour in Glass.

Someone once told me that when writing a review, it helps to think about what makes a
3.5/5 STARSAlt-history/Regency period fantasy series.

Book I of the Glamourist Histories charmed me, with its “beauty and the beast,” Austen-esque romance and “glamour magic” that impresses Regency art critics and drawing rooms everywhere. Book II matures not only the relationships—we get a deeper look at marriage and period gender roles—but the glamour, as well. Jane discovers a way to use glamour beyond the realms of artistic the realm of warfare. In fact, her discovery could
Olga Godim
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, history
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
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This is book 2 in the Glamourist Histories and I have to say this series continues to surprise and enchant me. I don't know if I can pinpoint exactly what it is about these books which I enjoy so much, maybe that it's very readable and yet it feels classic and I've always wished I could get more into classics. I think the combination of classic tone of voice and setting with magic just really works, and Kowal clearly knows what she is doing and does it well!

This story once more follows our main
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 other we ...more
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It’s difficult to resist a book with glass-blowing. Especially _magical_ glass-blowing.

Also: danger, intrigue, and cross-dressing!
Lisa Feld
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the things I like about recent trends in historical romances is that marriage doesn't have to be the end of a heroine's story. I like watching a character develop in a new role, and I love the kinds of conflict that emerge in a loving, healthy, long-term relationship (both because they're fascinating in their own right, and because long-term relationships are such uncharted territory in media). Here, Jane and Vincent are both pretty independent, so they're not used to collaborating, and t ...more
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Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers . She’s the President of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have a ...more

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