Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shades of Milk and Honey was a Regency romance à la Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer, but with a touch of fantasy.

In this version of Regency England, a talent for manipulating glamour was added along with music, drawing and such for a fashionable young lady's list of accomplishments. Other than that, everything else is relatively the same.

Shades of Milk and Honey is like an Austen novel in the sense that it borrows characters from Austen's stories. The heroine, Jane, is sort of like an Anne Elliot sort of character. There are also characters that resemble Darcy, Lydia, and Mr and Mrs Bennett in Jane's parents, among other characters.

The whole glamour thing took me a while to catch on to, but I eventually got it. Towards the end it got sort of distracting and in one scene I could barely keep up with what was happening; I had to reread it several times to finally get a hold of what was going on.

Jane has a particular talent for glamour and finds herself using it to get people out of nasty messes. Her talent soon has one upside, as it helps her find herself in her very own romance, something that at the age of 28, she had all but given up on.

All in all, a fairly good novel. Very entertaining.


Svea Love said...

This one intrigued me when I first heard about it and I absolutely love the cover! Glad to know it is entertaining... to the TBR list it goes :)

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I've been considering adding this book to my to read pile, so I'm very glad to hear you liked it.