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The Glamourist (The Vine Witch Book 2) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Luanne G. Smith lives in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, gardening, and a glass of wine at the end of the day. She is the author of The Vine Witch. For more information, visit www.luannegsmith.com.
“High fantasy readers will enjoy this fast-paced page-turner.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is a coming-of-age story for Yvette as she reaches an understanding of her powers, and learns which mortals and witches she can trust.” ―Booklist --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07WZG2VC4
- Publisher : 47North (9 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4803 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 427 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Smith writes so well and has engaging characters (I knew I'd like Marion from her first scene) - I love Yvette even more.
Yvette's story is great and the continuation of Elena's story felt seamless from the first.
Got Book 3 lined up and I can't wait!
I thoroughly enjoyed this magical romp through turn-of-the-century Paris. The beautiful writing style and the stunningly well-crafted world that Smith has created is absolutely mesmerising. I was hooked from the very start.
The Glamourist has a split POV between Elena, a winemaker with a gift for poisons, and Yvette, a savvy orphan with unknown magical heritage. I love having the two points of view between the two women who are so different, yet whose fates are intertwined and whose stories are in some ways quite similar. Both have unknown mothers and are going back to their roots on a journey of magical discovery, while also dodging police and navigating both ends of Parisian society.
Yvette is a great character, who we met in Vine Witch, and I was very excited to learn more about her and her magic, as well as what led to her being wanted for murder. She is savvy, street smart, and bold but has trouble trusting people after being abandoned by her parents. Despite her failure with magic, she is fearless and independent and I love that about her.
The magic is taken to a new level, beyond wine-making and hexes, to magical cats, enchanted knickknacks, strange symbols and of course Yvette’s mysterious powers (I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s really cool and not what I expected). We also see a bit more of witch politics and Jean-Paul sinks his teeth into witch law.
I was delighted with the new characters in this sequel. I found Marion very entertaining, Jean-Paul’s mother, a high society lady and mortal, who is very much into the up and coming craze of ‘witchcraft’, attending seances and frequenting a club calls Hell's Mouth. As well as the sweet and brave thief-turned-artist Henri, a childhood friend of Yvette’s who gets in on the action. And of course, Monsieur Whiskers, I can’t help but love a book featuring a magical cat.
All in all, this is a beautiful historical fantasy with great characters, and is a fantastic sequel to The Vine Witch.
Yvette, a young woman who grew up in a cabaret/brothel, is searching for her mother while on the run for murder. Elena is a witch with a vineyard she can't return to unless she hands in Yvette, but Elena wants to help the young witch discover her potential. Aided by a cat who knows more than the average moggy, The story wends its way through the back alleys and boulevards of Paris at the height of the city's fascination with the supernatural, weaving charlatan seances and showmanship in with witchcraft.
It started slowly, and I was tempted to give up a few times, but it picked up significantly in the latter half. I did find the scattering of French words italicised throughout distracting, but that is a relatively minor stylistic preference.
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2020
Elena Boureanu is the vine witch of Château Renard, noted for its renowned wines. Even as she struggles with her own bloodline—and its poisonous threat to her future—Elena can’t ignore a friend on the run. Joined by a cunning thief, the proprietor of an enchanted-curio shop, and a bewitching black cat, Elena and Yvette are determined to decode Yvette’s mysterious keepsake. But what restless magic will be unleashed? And what are Yvette and Elena willing to risk to become the witches they were destined to be?
The book is written in a 3rd person narrative, with mostly Elena and Yvette being the primary focus of the chapters. The chapters are quite short: most being about 10 pages long. The book is written in an easy manner, with a few french words thrown in. The book deals with various issues, murder, abandonment and poverty, but its fitted into the purpose of the story.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the character of Yvette in the Vine Witch and was eager to find out more about her. I liked her story and mystery surrounding her powers and her parents. Yvette's story was set in Paris and it was interesting reading about the magical world the author had created there. There were also a few new characters in this book and I think they all completed the story very well.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it wasn't very magical. Yvette doesn't know who is, where she is from or what her magic is. It was very much a coming of age story rather than a witch story I felt.
But that being said, i did enjoy the book and can't wait to read the next one all about Sidra.
The Glamourist is primarily Yvette's story as she tries figure out her magical heritage. Meanwhile Elena is trying not to lose her Vine Witch license after we learned she is a venefica (potions witch who specializes in poison) at the end of book one. Who would buy wine from a Venefica?
Somehow Elena, Yvette and Sidra become in-twinned again and Elena must now make a choice. Help a friend (murderer) in need or turn her in for personalgain. Tough choices!
I love Luanne's writing. It's easy to get whisked away in this world and feel connected to everything happening. Yvette was my favourite side character in The Vine Witch, so I was glad to see we got to see her story and I enjoyed getting to know her more. She reminds me of myself at times. While reading I thought i figured out one of the plot twits but it wasn't even one. At another point I kicked myself for not realising something sooner. Luanne certainly kept me on my toes.
I think my new favourite character is Jean-Pauls mum, Marion. She is delightful and her enthusiasm is rather contagious at times - especially when she does the complete opposite of what you expect her to do.
I can't wait to read The Conjurer and find out more about Sidra the jinni!
This is a brilliant second book in the series. Familiar characters return and new ones are introduced. I was gripped from the start and I look forward to the next book in the series to see what happens next.