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At the start of 1815, newly married and eager to explore her gifts as a glamourist, Jane Vincent (Shades of Milk and Honey) is pleased with life. A recent glamural, commissioned by the Prince Regent, has provided the Vincents with the funds and status to travel abroad. Their destination is Binche, near Brussels, and the workshop of artisan M. Chastain, where they secretly attempt the groundbreaking work of containing a glamour within glass. But soon Jane's husband's erratic behavior and misleading communication leave her feeling unsure of her future. VERDICT This sequel to Kowal's Nebula Award-winning debut continues to build a historically recognizable world made anew by the addition of "glamour." The focus remains on Jane's internal struggle to find a satisfying balance between society's restrictions and the person she'd like to be, endearing her further to series fans. Espionage and tangled feelings over family create a nice sense of mystery and provide great action and drama. Prepare to settle in and snuggle up in your comfiest chair; once you start reading, you won't want to stop.-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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A honeymoon trip to the Continent threatens Jane and David Vincent's relationship-and their lives-in the somewhat uneven sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, set in a magic-tinged Regency era. The newlyweds travel to Belgium to compare techniques of the magical illusions called glamour with an old colleague of Vincent's, but Jane'sinitial excitement turns to concern for her marriage when Vincent's secretive habits and acceptance of a private glamour commission leave her feeling increasingly isolated. Meanwhile, Napoleon escapes from Elba, and Jane and Vincent's ability to create invisibility via glamour makes them a target for the returning emperor's forces. While Kowal's focus shifts somewhat abruptly from magical-scientific exploration to espionage adventure, the setting and the intricate techniques of glamour manipulation continue to intrigue, and the thoughtful portrayal of the difficulties of Jane and Vincent's affectionately nontraditional partnership is thoroughly engaging. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, the Donald Maass Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.