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  • Writer's picturePamela Jonas

Book Review: Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1) by Mary Robinette Kowa

This Jane Austen-inspired novel of romance in the Regency period is a unique take on magic called glamour. It is the first book in a series, first published in 2010. I could relate to the glamour process and see it as an extension of fine art in 3-D. Other reviewers did not understand how important the glamour is to this story. I get it and found it quite enjoyable.


It took quite a while for the story to really kick in, around pg. 150, but once it did, I was thoroughly engaged and invested in the characters. Well-written and vividly described, I was drawn into the time period and the scenes came alive. Some of the characters reminded me of those from different Austen stories, which I liked. Kowal nailed the dialog and the social aspects of the time period as well, and in a similar style to Austen.


I recommend it to those who appreciate fine art and who enjoy Jane Austen books (or in my case the films).


I received the book as a Christmas gift and I look forward to reading more by this author!


4 Stars

Genres: Fantasy, Regency Romance, Historical Fantasy, Magic


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