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Last year I read Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. And I loved it. As a die hard Jane Austen fan, I was immediately intrigued by a book that could combine a Jane Austen-like voice and world with fantastical elements like magic and glamour. What I appreciated about the book was that while it is most definitely in the same vein as Jane Austen, Kowal managed to create something that was uniquely hers and that stood apart from the mass of Jane Austen inspired novels on the market. So of course when I found out there was a sequel in the works…I waited for its publication date with bated breath. And I am still waiting since it does not come out until April 10th. At least I only have a little while to go.
(NOTE: Don’t read the synopsis below if you plan on reading the first book, Shades of Milk and Honey, there is a bit of a spoiler there).
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 awaiting its sequel. Glamour in Glass continues following the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue. In the tumultuous months after Napoleon abdicates his throne, Jane and Vincent go to Belgium for their honeymoon. While there, the deposed emperor escapes his exile in Elba, throwing the continent into turmoil. With no easy way back to England, Jane and Vincent’s concerns turn from enjoying their honeymoon…to escaping it.Left with no outward salvation, Jane must persevere over her trying personal circumstances and use her glamour to rescue her husband from prison . . . and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country’s war.
What are you waiting on this week?