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Valour and Vanity (Glamourist Histories) Hardcover – April 29, 2014

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If Jane Austen were to write about a magical heist, her novel would not be all that different from the fourth installment in Kowal’s (Without a Summer, 2013) Glamour History series. Jane and Vincent travel to Murano, an island off of Venice, to study glassblowing in hopes of amalgamating it with glamour (magic). Though clever, they fall victim to an elaborate hoax that consumes their funds and leaves them stranded in Italy. Living in poverty, they team up with Catholic nuns and a street puppeteer to enact retribution. Adventures, obstacles, and high jinks propel the story while upholding its romantic core. Jane and Vincent’s healthy, steadfast marriage makes sense in the Regency era yet satisfies modern standards, even when their quips and stubbornness create problems instead of solutions. The act of weaving glamour into art or apparatuses makes for entrancing imagery, complementing Kowal’s Victorian writing style and enhancing the action-packed scenes. Lively, well written, and with sprinkles of history, Valour and Vanity will charm both adventurers and romantics. Add Lord Byron as cohort for extra fun. --Biz Hyzy


"Combining history, magic and adventure, the book balances emotional depth with buoyant storytelling."―Kirkus Reviews

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  • Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
  • Hardcover : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 076533416X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0765334169
  • Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.33 x 8.51 inches
  • Publisher : Tor Books; First edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: : English
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