I’d been considering reading this book for… a few years now, but for one reason or another I only just purchased it yesterday. And decided to read a little bit before bed. And stayed up for three hours to read the whole thing.
Well, as that most likely indicates, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. The book itself is a Regency romance style book, with the well-woven addition of the magical art of glamour giving it a fantastic boost above others of similar genres
Mary Robinette Kowal, the author, has certainly made no secret of Jane Austen’s influence on her work, and comparisons to Pride & Prejudice abound. In fact, when I started the book and it presented me with the primary characters: elder Jane, younger Melody, their father – whose estate was entailed away to a nephew – and their mother – who was once beautiful but now was often an invalid and weak of nerves – were so similar to P&P that I was, I admit, slightly unnerved. Was this going to be just a thinly veiled copy – one step away from Pride & Prejudice and Zombies?