Valour and Vanity

Valour and Vanity 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 glamouris

  • Title: Valour and Vanity
  • Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
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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 VincAcclaimed 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 backdropcmillan valourandvani

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    1. This kind of light fantasy fare is rather hitting the spot. Low effort, high Regency, light magic, and a little bit of woven magic changing perceptions and causing minor effects. It's really quite a bit of easy fun.Especially when we get involved with con-men in Venice and get thrown into instant poverty and the threat of debtor's prison. Woo, woo! Nice conflict.What are the Prince's illusionists going to do? Well, suffice to say, survival is of first importance, but a little bit of happy chance [...]

    2. [5 Stars] I'll start this off by saying this book is not for everyone. You basically have to be a huge fan of fantasy of manners and not be bored by descriptions of glamour techniques and also marital problems and development, and you also have to be patient because the things happening in the blurb don't happen until much later in the book. Actually, don't even read the blurb. I personally think it is a huge spoiler. So all of that being said, this book will appeal to a particular sort of perso [...]

    3. Big publishers (like Tor, who published this book) have an annoying custom to let their marketing departments dictate their titles. Sometimes it works, but other times, it doesn’t. It didn’t work for this novel. The title the marketers came up with – Valour and Vanity – is too generic, while the novel is not generic at all. Its distinct writer’s voice, original magical system, and unique protagonists can’t be mistaken or even compared to any other in the fantasy genre. A fast and enj [...]

    4. "Jane Austen does Ocean's Eleven." Stop. Read no further. That is all you need to know about this book. If you have not read the first three Glamourist Histories books, go read them now just so you can read this book (you don't actually have to, but it makes for a richer experience, as with any series).In Valour and Vanity, Jane and Vincent, professional glamourists, journey to Vienna to hang out with Lord Byron (LORD BYRON) and continue studying Glamour in Glass (the technique, not the book). B [...]

    5. This is the 4th book in the series and it continues to be a lot of fun. In this book we're following Jane and Vincent on a tour around the continent as they look for new ways to expand their work with Glamour and uncover new secrets to the magic they love so dearly.We're following Jane and Vincent as they are searching for Glassblowers in Italy to work with them and they hope to create something never before seen out of Glamour and Glassworks. However they receive quite a shock when all the Glas [...]

    6. These books seem to be just perfect for my brain at the moment. I read this on the train, more or less in one gulp. You’ve got to love that one of the most important threads of the story is the love between Vincent and Jane, and how it gets them through everything, no matter what. And despite how far their acts of derring-do have come from their Austen-esque beginnings in Shades of Milk and Honey, the development is clear. This time, the trouble they get into grows out of everything before (ra [...]

    7. Full disclosure: Mary is a dear, dear friend of mine, in addition to writing books that are aimed DIRECTLY AT ME as a reader. I would have a very difficult time not enjoying this book.Every book in this series pleases me more. Not just because this is a romance novel with a heist plot, WHICH IT IS. (She describes it as "if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven"). It reminds me very much of the TV show Leverage, but with glamour (magic in this world), pirates, Lord Byron, nuns, boat chases, and a stre [...]

    8. Exciting installment. Jane and Vincent are off to Italy to hang out with Byron and work with glassmakers to perfect their technique of recording glamour in glass.But they become the victims of a very elaborate con. Honestly, it was very well done.After grappling with their victimhood for a bit, the married pair decide to fight back. They gather a group of comrades and co-conspirators and turn their own hands to creating a clever con of their own to turn the tables on their enemies.Very well done [...]

    9. Book Couples VideoActually rating 3.5 starsJane and Vincent decide that in order to find more about glamour in glass they must travel to Murano but while crossing the sea they are attacked by pirates. Luckily they only loose their papers and belongings but when they arrive in Murano they found out that the attack was much more then they expected.I must confess the first half and maybe a little of the second part was quite interesting, only the ending bored me a little. What I really appreciated [...]

    10. I'm afraid this is it for me as far as the Glamourist Histories series goes.I cannot believe I'm actually typing these words after clinging to this series for so long despite not actually loving any of the books that followed Shades of Milk and Honey (#1), except maybe Without a Summer (#3) which I rated four stars. This book, however, made me realize that I didn't like the direction this series was taking, namely the whole constant travelling thing. If I wanted to read a fantasy novel about tra [...]

    11. 3.75 starsJane and Vincent are traveling in Italy with her parents, Melody and Melody's new husband. The time has come to part. While the Ellsworths, Melody and her husband will go on exploring the Continent, Jane and Vincent are headed to Murano to continue their experiments with glamour in glass. Mrs. Ellsworth is terrified their ship will be set upon by pirates. Jane is sympathetic but Vincent knows there's no such thing as pirates in this part of the world. Imagine everyone's surprise when c [...]

    12. A pretty decent addition to the series although the ending was just too much of an infodump for me. I never feltI had a chance yon figure things out but rather it was all well you know here's what our plan was all along and oh yeah we figured out these details without letting you the reader in on how we did it.Also for some reason I found the interactions between Jane and David annoying. She expresses concern, he tells her he's fine, she gets frustrated and we repeat the whole series again, seve [...]

    13. I thought both of the Vincents were a little irritating in this one, mostly David with his insistence that he was just fine. It wasn't really much fun until the end. Hope the next one is better.

    14. Valour and Vanity is the fourth book in Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist History series, which I can officially say has really become one of my favorite series. In this book, Jane and Vincent travel to Venice, only to be robbed by pirates on their way. Left destitute, Jane and Vincent must depend on the charity of others to survive an reclaim their status.One of the things I really like about this series is the strength of its characters. Jane and Vincent are pretty much my favorite couple in f [...]

    15. Probably my favourite as far as the interactions and maturity and struggle in Jane and Vincent's relationship. Due to circumstances outside their control, an unjustice is done to Jane and Vincent that leaves them penniless and struggling to find work in a country they do not call home. In the end it is Jane who finds employment with the church and Vincent who is left at a loss to contribute funds. He falls into a depression as he struggles to reconcile his inability to be a protector, and proper [...]

    16. My review of Valour and Vanity, Mary Robinette Kowal's new fourth book in the Glamourist History series, is now up on the wonderful AustenProse website.It begins:I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three books of the Glamourist History series which has only gotten better as it goes on, but when I read the description of the fourth book I wasn’t positive that improving trend would continue, at least for me. Pirates? The Regency version of a heist film? Those may appeal to many but aren’t my p [...]

    17. The blurb speaks truth. All you need to know to determine whether or not this book is for you is "Jane Austen does Ocean's Eleven." It's every bit as delightful as those five words suggest! I would recommend reading the prior three books in the series first, because they're excellent, and they're full of more instances of AWESOME LADIES BEING AWESOME IN REGENCY PERIOD-APPROPRIATE WAYS.I adore this series, and I adore Mary Robinette Kowal for giving us a courageous, intelligent, sympathetic, hero [...]

    18. 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.

    19. Despite the fact that I generally am not a fan of heist movies (and similar-type books), I think this was my favorite of the series so far. The combination of a maturing relationship between Vincent and Jane, plus valor in the face of true adversity is what did it for me. Oh, and puppets! :D

    20. Jane and Vincent have been accompanying Melody and her new husband on their wedding tour of the continent. Leaving the newlyweds with their parents, Jane and Vincent head to Murano. Lord Byron has given the Vincents an open invitation to visit him in Venice, which is a nice cover for what they what to do in Murano. They have long wanted to visit the famed glassmakers there after their discovery about weaving magic into glass to make it portable and not tethered to the earth. The couple hope that [...]

    21. I continue to adore these books. That's all you really need to know, right?Valour-and-VanityThis is the fourth book in the Glamourist Histories, in which Mary Robinette Kowal creates an alt version of the English Regency period and gives it 'glamour', a form of magic that is generally used to decorate the sitting rooms of the gentry but which can also (we discovered in the last book) be used to create cold, and which maybe just might have military uses as well. I think this book could stand by i [...]

    22. 3.5 starsI like Kowal's writing style, but she seems to like to pick plots that don't work the best for me. See, I have a few plot elements that I find very hard to read, and one is when the main character/s are being falsely accused of something. I don't know why, but the unfairness of those situations makes me uncomfortable and not excited to keep on reading. This plot element was present in both this and the previous book in the series! Theoretically, I should like these books a lot more (reg [...]

    23. I'm on the horns of a dilemma with this one. Is it 3 stars or 4? I think I'll default to 4, primarily to encourage the reading of such books, but if I'm honest this, for me, was mostly a 3-star book.I needed a book whose title starts with V because I am duecedly close to completing my alphabet challenge for the first time ever, after 25 years of attempts. Everyone (including the author herself) has said that you can jump into Kowal's Glamourist Histories series with this book, the fourth in the [...]

    24. A letdown from her previous efforts. Jane and Vincent are are still married, still together and still using glamour. This time, their adventures take them to Italy, Lord Byron (yes, THAT Lord Byron), and more mystery, intrigue and possibly scandal. The book starts off with a bang as the ship Jane and Vincent travel on are boarded byPIRATES! Oh no! Stripped of their possessions, there's not much they can do but travel on to Italy, where they hope to meet with Lord Byron and perhaps find their wa [...]

    25. 3.5The best part of this story, I think, is that the annoyingly stupid Emma-Jane from the last book is no more! Yay!Also gone is most of the historical and political bits from the last book, which is a little less yay - which isn't to say the story's not still grounded in the alt-history, as the Venice portrayed is suffering post Bonaparte and heavily taxed, and this does play an important part of the story - but it's less involved than the last story.Anyway -As the blurb says, while previous bo [...]

    26. Favorite part on this book was Vincent’s and Jane’s relationship. With all the trials and tribulations thrown at them this volume, their strong love and support for each other stand out in stark relief. I love how it didn’t take the entire book to reach the point where both parties are confiding in each other and coming to workable solutions to their problems. Both are honest for most of the book, a refreshing change from other romantic relationships out there.It was interesting to see a V [...]

    27. In this adventure, Jane and Vincent are on the their way to Murano to work with glassmakers to further develop the process they invented in Glamour in Glass. However, on the way they are beset by Corsairs, robbed of all their possessions and Vincent is concussed. They find themselves in Murano destitute. Luckily, they are taken in by a fellow victim of the Corsairs named Sanuto. He claims to be a wealthy banker from Venice. Jane writes to her parents for assistance but her parents are traveling [...]

    28. Kowal has done it again. Each book in the Glamourist Histories is better than the last, partly because her magic system seems more developed with each story. When I first heard this book described as "Jane Austen meets Ocean's Elevenwith magic," I thought "What?!?" But it's true! Somehow, Kowal has managed to mix a historically accurate setting (and one real-life character) with a fantastical plot and created pure magic. I found myself reading the twists (it's a heist story; there will be twists [...]

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