Valour and Vanity

Valour and Vanity

eBook - 2014
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"Mary Robinette Kowal's Valour and Vanity is a Regency version of a heist movie with a healthy dose of magic sprinkled in. After Melody's wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on the 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.Fortunately, one of the gentlemen from the ship is a local banker and arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. Relieved, the Vincents begin the work for which they have come to Italy.All is proceeding apace until a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass. Jane and Vincent produce letters from their banking friend, but they are all forgeries, and worse, he has used their forged letters to clean out their funds in England. Now, Jane and Vincent owe money to a number of people in town and are forbidden from travel. They manage to find some small work, but it is obvious to both of them that this path will not maintain them for long. Instead, Vincent hatches a reckless plan to get their money back. The ensuing adventure is a glorious envisioning of all the best parts of heist narratives, but in a Regency setting with magic"--
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781472110404
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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jazzyjasmin646
Aug 03, 2015

This novel was an excellent continuation of the Glamourist Histories series. I loved the fact that the Vincents manage to deal with another tough situation together. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and hope it is as good or even better than Valour and Vanity.

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andreareads
Oct 28, 2014

Unfortunately there were some points in the plot where my suspension of disbelief wavered, but I'll still go along for the ride with the Vincents to Venice or anywhere. Also, the author says in the afterword she inserts a Doctor Who cameo (a quirky, unnamed doctor) in each novel, so I'll have to keep an eye out for those in future.

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sra963
Jun 03, 2014

I loved the first of these novels, and have only liked the sequels. The best thing that I can say about this is while the story was a little fantastic the characters of Vincent and Jane were still well developed. The conflict of the story even caused them to have a fight! Another good thing? Very little of Jane's mother.

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stephaniedchase
May 01, 2014

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.

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