Book Review: Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

319 pp.

I did not like Glamour in Glass nearly as much as I liked Shades of Milk and Honey. This is mostly because Vincent and Jane’s relationship has a few rocky moments due to communication problems. And by communication problems, I mean the kind that can result in some very bad situations if you are no longer in a romantic comedy, and there is suddenly political intrigue everywhere. (In other words, the shift in tone from one to the other was a little disorienting.)

In this book, Jane and Vincent go a honeymoon to Belgium. This is something of a working vacation because they are going to visit one of Vincent’s colleagues to learn a new technique. During their trip they discover a possible method or recording a glamour using glass. Unfortunately, Napolean has escaped from exile, which creates a great deal of local political turmoil. It does not help that Vincent appears to be up to something, and a number of people are a little too interested in the military applications of Vincent’s glamours. Jane tries to find out what’s going on, there are a number or miscommunications complicated by Jane’s self-esteem issues, there are several instances of espionages, and Jane ultimately ends up having to rescue Vincent. 

There are some great moments in this book, but I didn’t have the same level of interest in the characters or the plot. I wasn’t really interested in the espionage, and a little irritated and frustrated by the miscommunications. I did like the character interactions however, and Vincent’s slow realization that he should not have kept Jane out of the loop. This is a good book, but I think it is one of the book I will only be reading once.

Glamour in Glass (Glamourist Histories) on Amazon
Glamour in Glass (Glamourist Histories) on Powell’s Books


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