“This was an enchanting book, the tale of Jane Ellsworth, twenty eight years old, gifted not in beauty or grace but in the art of glamour. This JA-esque (and inspired) tale is set in the world of Regency England, with one difference – that the world is full of glamour and those who can manipulate it, creating almost any illusion desired. Jane is naturally gifted with this, and she meets a celebrated glamourist named Mr. Vincent, in her neighborhood to create a glamural for a neighbor’s home. He is aloof, set apart, interested only in the craft at which he is so talented. Jane feels his aloofness. He, however, is, as his art, deceptive. He has fallen in love with Jane, and with her abilities to naturally manipulate glamour in the ether. Their love is slow to kindle but quickly begins to burn. Kowal wrote this as the beginning of her “Glamourist Histories” series, which follow Jane and Vincent, her eventual husband, through their lives traveling the world as glamourists. Lovely, magical little book.”
Alethea wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013.