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"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."--Publishers Weekly
"This is a wonderful book. Kowal has taken such care grounding her story in the time and place in which it’s set that the addition of magic is truly seamless. Jane is a superb heroine."--RT Book Reviews
"Prepare to settle in and snuggle up in your comfiest chair; once you start reading, you won't want to stop."--Library Journal
Praise for Shades of Milk and Honey
2010 Nebula Nominee for Best Novel * SF Chronicle's Top 10 SF/F of 2010 * RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2010
"Will appeal to fans of Jane Austen, Jane Yolen, Patricia Wrede, Susanna Clarke, and even Jasper Fforde.”
—Library Journal on Shades of Milk and Honey
“Kowal sets her own mark on this kind of comedy of manners and creates a low-key and witty debut novel, one that succeeds through understated humor and sprightly prose, rather than through absurd juxtapositions of the historical and the supernatural.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Shades of Milk and Honey could easily fit into Austen’s canon, except of course for the inclusion of magic. Kowal has captured both the style and content of an Austen novel, adding her own speculative fiction twist…hits all the high points of Austen’s dialogue and plotting while still having its own identity."
—The Jane Austen Center
"If Jane Austen had written a fantasy novel, [this] would have been the result. Written with painstaking attention to detail, Kowal’s prose is serenely evocative of the time period, and the fantastic elements are a seamless fit. The characterization is extremely well done and Jane is a sympathetic, strong and intelligent heroine whose devotion to her family trumps nearly every other concern.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!, Seal of Excellence winner
“A lovely, smart, strange novel with everything on earth (and elsewhere) to recommend it. Smoothly crafted with a flair for romance and mystery, this story is one part meticulous manners and one part wild magic—composing a whole that's utterly irresistible.”
“A beautiful, lyrical, tightly woven meld of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, and Beauty and the Beast—I couldn't put it down!”
"Simply enchanting, and another great advance in an already impressive literary career. You're going to love this."
A professional puppeteer and voice actor, Mary grew up in North Carolina and spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Rob, and nine manual typewriters.
The story is a loose sequel to her first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, and is set in Regency England.
Not only did I not get the Austen feeling with this book, but I got much more technical "glamour" information than I liked.
Although slow to start, I found this book better than its predecessor, and especially enjoyed the climax.
I just finished the latest book in the series. They are all unputdownable. Sorry to make up a word, but I haven't stayed up way past my bedtime finishing a book in I can't remember... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the second book in the series. I felt the first book moved at quicker pace and was more interesting throughout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maren Washburn
Glamour in Glass left me incredibly frustrated after a promising beginning. I liked so much about the first half of it, but the second half was riddled with all the weaknesses of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Felicia Jordan
While I enjoyed the more in depth look into the world, for some reason I still felt this book was lacking in my expectations. Well written, keeps to the Jane Austen-esque world.Published 2 months ago by C. Milliron
The first book of this series did a fine job mimicking the style of Austen- it made it more entertaining, and it was thoughtfully done. But... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liz
Although slow to start, I found this book better than its predecessor, and especially enjoyed the climax. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Stringer
Kowal is finding her stride as she delves into her love story set amidst a Regency World where an overlay of fantasy has taken some hold. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Wilkin
Shades of Milk and Honey, the first book in the Glamourist Histories is a pretty standard Regency Fantasy novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Timothy Pecoraro