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The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
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Feb 26, 2009

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bookshelves: historical-fiction

Esperanza Gorst is an orphan sent by her guardian to work as a maid to one Lady Tansor as part of a scheme not revealed to our protagonist at first. Told from Esperanza's point of view, the reader is left to puzzle her purpose right along with her as the pieces slowly begin to fit together. Will the goal be achieved?

The author's last book got a rare five stars from me, so I was eager to read this one. While a good story, it did not live up to the intricate plotting of the last book. Perhaps this one was too easy to figure out because I did read the first book, as it turns out this one is somewhat related. It also lacked the painstakingly detailed historical footnotes of the previous book, which made for a smoother read but further underscored the lesser complexity. It is still over 500 pages of a worthwhile read, and should there be a sequel as the end leaves open to debate, I would read it too.

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