“I am very much enjoying this series, which combines homage to Pride and Prejudice, strong resourceful female characters, a little magic and an entertaining, well-written story for continuing good reads.
At first as I got into this third book in the series I was disturbed and a little concerned about what appeared to be prejudice and unreasonable incorrect opinions in Jane, based on nothing more than "conventional wisdom" and "they say". I found myself extremely irritated with Jane, and was concerned that I wasn't going to like this book. Happily, I was wrong, and the author did a wonderful job of telling a wonderful, multi-faceted story, which twisted and turned and surprised me all the way through to a very satisfying ending.
In addition to the main plot, of Jane's and Vincent's story, along with the addition of Melody and her adventures, the book explores many of the opinions and ignorance of the time, and forces the reader to examine them and deal with them. It is a relatively gentle, but very effective reminder of the importance of using reason and fact when deciding on the character of people, rather than hearsay and socialized ignorance simply because it is the norm.
As a huge Pride and Prejudice fan, I enjoy other authors who can write in Austen's style but have their own unique stories to tell, and Mary Robinette Kowal does this wonderfully. She is also very good at not only creating engaging characters, but in developing them book-to-book in ways that maintain the reader's attention, and continue to provide a highly entertaining world for them to have their adventures in.
I look forward to book four, which is mentioned in the author's note. I will definitely read it! I highly recommend this series to fans of Jane Austen, the Victorian era, strong female characters, and stories with just a little magic.”
“I've been able to read this series almost back to back, having come upon it with the first two novels published and this third due in early April. Back are Sir and Lady Vincent, the equals in both marriage and glamourism. The novels have gained in complexity as they go, branching out into less "Austenesque" territory and into the realm of mixing history with fiction. This installment focuses on the coldmongers in London, believed responsible for the seemingly endless winter that set in in England in 1816. This is a true historical occurrence, caused by volcanic ash from a live volcano eruption, a fact which was not understood for years after. It was a perfect setting for Kowal's fictional coldmongers, and their growing discontent at their ill treatment, landing Jane and Vincent squarely in the midst of treasonous plots and machinations, and we also are introduced to Vincent's quite evil father, who is the author of all the unrest in the novel. Very enjoyable.”Alethea wrote this review Sunday, April 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No