Reader thoughts: I love to read about secrets. I think I dislike reading about rumors. They're too tenuous, and I can't properly build my suspicions on anything. Jane spends the whole novel jumping to conclusions and accusing people of treason, impropriety, and digging for sympathy. She knows she has no proof, but she treats the ideas like facts anyway, nearly ruining everything. Gar.
My other main qualm is that Jane and Vincent did not do any special glamour in this book. In the other books, they are inventing new glamours and pushing the boundaries of the art as a science. In this book, they just do normal things and talk a lot about the weather (which is, admittedly, very strange). I'm more intrigued by creative new magic ideas than by political marches and concerns about the snow.
Also, we lost a reveal point. Several people Jane talks with already know Vincent was an earl's son. I was looking forward to seeing the artist couple revealed as a noble couple at some point in the series, but apparently most people already know. That's no fun. It felt murky strange why so many in the high society knew this. And Vincent's father's motives were not clear at all.
Vincent's father was called the earl, the earl of Verbury, Verbury, Mr. Hamilton, by his first name, and sometimes just Vincent's father. This is an example of how many names/titles everyone has, and I couldn't keep them straight, especially listening to the audiobook. I couldn't tell if he wanted to reconcile with Vincent or not. MRK wrote him well, because I disliked him. Still, I should have detested him completely, and I didn't. I hated Melody in the first book more than I disliked Vincent's father in this book.
The book also lost a star because of what we learned about Vincent's past. I thought Jane handled it well, but I didn't want it in this story. It sullied the fun and gave me a bad taste for the series.
So, what did I like? Melody. She acted more maturely than Jane did, andI love that she now wears spectacles.
Writer thoughts: It felt like the genre switched again. Book 2 was amazing, with spies and the returning Napolean and kidnapping and Jane doing all she can to save her husband despite being pregnant.
This book went to court and lots of talking and trying to set up her sister with a man. Then Jane tries to stop her sister from liking a man. Then Jane and Vincent meet his rude family. Then Jane talks some more about the weather and feels sorry for cold mongers. Then she follows her sister around to see if she's eloping. Then there's a giant court trial. Why? Why switch, especially to a less interesting plot?
Glamour wasn't a part of any of it (except that Jane and Vincent spent some time working on a commission that was later canceled). Why would MRK not use this tool? She's the only one who can put glamour in her books, and she didn't even make it a plot point? Melody's spectacles were more part of the plot than glamour!
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (8 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511330856
- ISBN-13: 978-1511330855
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 14 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
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