Glamour in Glass (The Glamourist Histories, #2)
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Glamour in Glass

by Mary Robinette Kowal
Release date: April 5, 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, alternate history

Nebula Award nominee 2012, Locus Award nominee 2013.

A fine Austen-esque adventure in wartime from the acclaimed author of Nebula nominee Shades of Milk and Honey

Mary Robinette Kowal recently stunned readers with her charming first novel Shades of Milk and Honey, as 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 went on to earn great acclaim and become a finalist for the prestigous Nebula Award, leaving readers eagerly awaiting its sequel, Glamour in Glass, which brings us further along in the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue.

In the reprieve after Napoleon abdicates, during the Seventh Coalition, Jane and Vincent go to the continent 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, they struggle to escape. When Vincent is captured as a British spy, Jane realizes that their honeymoon has been a ruse to give them a reason to be in Europe. He has been using a new technique to capture glamour folds in glass in order to send vital information back to England, where the court has great interest in the politcal unrest in the region. Jane is angry, not at Vincent's reason for going to Europe, but that he had lied to her. "Had I know, I would have come willingly. Do I not love King and Country as much?"

Left with no outward salvation, Jane is left to overcome her own delicate circumstances and use all the glamor at her disposal to rescue her husband from prison, and hopefully prevent her newly built marriage from getting stranded on the shoals of another country's war.
(updated 2013-05-09)

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