Valour and Vanity

Valour and Vanity

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Acclaimed fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal has enchanted many fans with her beloved novels featuring a Regency setting in which magic--known here as glamour--is real. In Valour and Vanity, master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven .

After Melody's wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are not enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute.

Jane and Vincent are helped by a kind local they meet en route, but Vincent is determined to become self-reliant and get their money back, and hatches a plan to do so. But when so many things are not what they seem, even the best laid plans conceal a few pitfalls. The ensuing adventure is a combination of the best parts of magical fantasy and heist novels, set against a glorious Regency backdrop.

Publisher: New York : Tor, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765334169
Characteristics: 408 pages ;,22 cm.


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Aug 03, 2015

This novel was an excellent continuation of the Glamourist Histories series. I loved the fact that the Vincents manage to deal with another tough situation together. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and hope it is as good or even better than Valour and Vanity.

Oct 28, 2014

Unfortunately there were some points in the plot where my suspension of disbelief wavered, but I'll still go along for the ride with the Vincents to Venice or anywhere. Also, the author says in the afterword she inserts a Doctor Who cameo (a quirky, unnamed doctor) in each novel, so I'll have to keep an eye out for those in future.

Jun 03, 2014

I loved the first of these novels, and have only liked the sequels. The best thing that I can say about this is while the story was a little fantastic the characters of Vincent and Jane were still well developed. The conflict of the story even caused them to have a fight! Another good thing? Very little of Jane's mother.

May 01, 2014

With each entry in the Glamourist series, Mary Robinette Kowal keeps getting better and better. We the reader can enjoy a large cast of wonderfully drawn characters, a deep look at Regency-era society, military intrigue, the most intricate of daily life details, magic and wonder -- and here, a lovely spin on the caper novel. Not to be missed.

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