Without a summer

Mary Robinette Kowal, 1969-

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Subjects
Genres
Regency fiction
Fantasy fiction
Love stories
Published
New York : Tor 2013.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Sequel to: Glamour in glass.
Includes reading group guide.
Physical Description
364 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780765334152
0765334151
Main Author
Mary Robinette Kowal, 1969- (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Late in the spring of 1816, Sir David and Lady Jane Vincent have recovered from their war experiences and are spending time with Jane's parents in the English countryside. Accepting a glamural commission in London, the Vincents invite Melody, Jane's younger sister, to join them, hoping to brighten her mood and provide better opportunities for making a good match. But the couple must also fend off demands from Vincent's estranged family, protect misunderstood coldmongers, determine the truth from lies told, and still work their artistry. VERDICT Koval's third historical fantasy title (after Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass) will delight series fans as they reconnect with favorite characters in new situations. The underlying fantastical nature of this Regency England continues to flourish, making a unique backdrop for discussing complex topics of social inequality, superstition obscuring scientific fact, and political corruption. Even as the intricate natural and social elements engage readers, it is the sweet, strong emotional connections that draw them back for more.—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH [Page 97]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Kowal's charming third Austen-influenced magical Regency novel (after Glamour in Glass), spouses Lady Jane and Sir David Vincent, who create magical artwork called "glamour," accept a commission in London that leads to political turmoil and romantic complications. Coldmongers, who can magically affect temperature, are being blamed for the volcano-caused wintery spring, coinciding with unrest from the antitechnology Luddites. The Vincents observe mysterious potentially treasonous interactions involving their client's son, Irish Catholic Alastar O'Brien; the Luddites; and the Worshipful Company of Coldmongers. Matters are further complicated by Vincent's strained relations with his family and Jane's efforts to find a spouse for her younger sister, Melody, who accompanies them for the season. Readers will appreciate the realistically warm and loving romance between Jane and Vincent all the more for their flaws and foibles, as their relationship is tested by internal and external forces. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, the Donald Maass Agency. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Regency-era glamourists Jane and Vincent Ellsworth, while visiting Jane's family, hope to bolster Melody's chances for a good marriage by accepting a commission from a prominent London family, a job that embroils them in an international crisis.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The award-winning short story writer of "For Want of a Nail" presents a full-length tale featuring Regency-era glamourists Jane and Vincent Ellsworth, who hope to bolster Melody's chances for a good marriage by accepting a commission from a prominent London family, a job that embroils them in an international crisis. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Another fine example of exactly the sort of novel we would expect from Jane Austen if she wrote fantastical fiction--this one similar to Austen's Emma set against the Luddite Uprising in the Year Without a Summer--from up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Up-and-coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with her novels Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass, which introduced Regency glamourists Jane and David Vincent. In Without a Summer, Jane and Vincent take a break from their international travels. But in a world where magic is real, nothing—even the domestic sphere—is quite what it seems.After a dramatic trip to Belgium, Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane's family, but quickly turn restless. The spring is unseasonably cold, and no one wants to be outside. Mr. Ellsworth is concerned by the harvest, since a poor one may imperil Melody's dowry. And Melody has concerns of her own, given an inadequate selection of eligible bachelors locally. When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent London family, they take it, and bring Melody with them. They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects—and mood—will be brighter in London. Talk here frequently turns to increased unemployment of coldmongers and riots in nearby villages by Luddites concerned that their way of life is becoming untenable. With each passing day, it's more difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, which does not really help Melody's chances for romance. It doesn't take long for Jane to Vincent realize that in addition to arranging a wedding, they must take on one small task: solving a crisis of national proportions.