Review of Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories Book 1)

I finished reading Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories Book 1) by Mary Robinette Kowal.📚

It is the year 1800, and we follow the days of Jane, a young woman living at home with her parents and sister. She longs for love but thinks it unable to achieve. She is talented in the arts of the glamour, a special kind of magic. Unfortunately, most of the eligible men she finds are more interested in her sister as they look more to the outside of a woman then on then on the inside. So Jane fights with her feelings of being correct and her jealousy.

I’m confused why the persons never speak her mind instead of frequently swallow every real feeling in the name of being correct – it was aggravating while reading the book. I assume this was the time, but I also hope that part of this is also just the author’s imagination of how these periods were and not the reality.

The book reminded me a lot of War and Peace. We have many chapters where the people visit each other and talk about nothing - at least with Tolstoy’s book there are some chapters with action ;-). But do not misunderstand me: I’ve enjoyed reading this book, and this is because of the immense skill of the author’s to make the characters come to life.

I hope that Jane can be more herself in the second book, due to her changed circumstances. An ending I did not expect while reading the book.


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