Without a Summer (The Glamourist Histories #3) - Mary Robinette Kowal 8.00   3

The magical book that might result if Jane Austen's Emma were set against the Luddite uprising in the Year Without a Summer

Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with award-winning short stories and beloved novels featuring Regency pair Jane and Vincent Ellsworth. In Without a Summer the master glamourists return home, but in a world where magic is real, nothing — even the domestic sphere — is quite what it seems.

Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane’s family, but quickly turn restless. The year is unseasonably cold. No one wants to be outside and Mr. Ellsworth is concerned by the harvest, since a bad one may imperil Melody’s dowry. And Melody has concerns of her own, given the inadequate selection of eligible bachelors. When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent family in London, they decide to take it, and take Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects — and mood — will be brighter in London.

Once there, talk is of nothing but the crop failures caused by the cold and increased unemployment of the coldmongers, which have provoked riots in several cities to the north. With each passing day, it’s more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, none of which really helps Melody’s chances for romance. It’s not long before Jane and Vincent realize that in addition to getting Melody to the church on time, they must take on one small task: solving a crisis of international proportions.


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Release date March 28, 2013
Details updated May 20, 2022

The Glamourist Histories :: Series

Series contains 5 primary works and has 5 total works.

Hugo Award-winner Mary Robinette Kowal’s Regency romance fantasy series, The Glamourist Histories, chronicle the adventures of Jane Ellsworth. Gifted with the magical ability to cast glamours, she and her husband travel Europe and become embroiled in intrigues.

Shades of Milk and Honey (The Glamourist Histories #1) 7.26   8
Glamour in Glass (The Glamourist Histories #2) 7.16   6
Without a Summer (The Glamourist Histories #3) 8.00   3
Valour and Vanity (The Glamourist Histories #4) 8.50   2
Of Noble Family (The Glamourist Histories #5) 7.50   2

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