By Mary Robinette Kowal
Tor Books, $24.99, 331 pages
Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour in Glass is the follow-up to her highly-regarded debut novel, Shades of Milk and Honey. In this sequel, Kowal continues the story of Vincent and Jane, who met and fell in love in the first novel. It is written in the same Jane Austen-esque style, a voice that the author works very hard to maintain, even to the point of researching words in order to avoid anachronism. However, in this one, Kowal seems a little freer and more at home with the characters and the novel length – prior to the publication of her first novel, she was already winning awards for her short stories. Her voice skillfully continued, Kowal moves her characters out of the drawing room and into a wider environment on the European continent. She also lets her very conventional Jane grow and blossom, realizing her power and potential as an individual and a woman. Kowal is a vividly creative, captivating author. Her books are not only entertaining, they’re well written. This book does give away important details from the first novel, so read that first, but then you must read this book!
Reviewed by Katie Richards
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