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Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
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May 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Jane and Vincent are back in this sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, married and working together on glamours for wealthy patrons, including the Prince Regent. Vincent proposes a honeymoon trip to Belgium to visit M. Chastain, who runs a school for glamourists. When Jane becomes ill during a glamour experiment, she discovers she is pregnant and is forbidden from doing any glamour. Vincent continues to work while Jane feels frustrated at not being able to help him ... and then they discover Napoleon Bonaparte is loose and Bonaparte sympathy rising in Belgium.

This graceful sequel shows the deepening relationship of Vincent and Jane. The language felt of the period and the descriptions felt spot on. I liked seeing Jane, although she may have been raised as an English lady, taking pride in her work as a glamourist and bristling when she doesn't get the credit she deserves. She may not be able to use glamour for much of the book, but her powers of observation, her keen mind, and her courage show themselves as great strengths here. It was nice to see Vincent learning to appreciate Jane more as the book progressed. I hope the next book allows Jane to work more glamour, though!
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