Apr 14

Publishers Weekly on Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

“Kowal’s tense conclusion to her highly praised Glamourist Histories magical Regency series (following Valour and Vanity) sees happily married Sir David and Lady Jane Vincent caught up in the intrigues of Sir David’s manipulative family. When they receive a letter indicating that Sir David’s father and eldest brother have died, the Vincents are asked to retrieve a new will from the family estates on Antigua. While en route, they discover Jane is pregnant and so must conclude their business quickly if she is to deliver in England. All is not as advertised when they arrive, and in addition to contending with the oppressive heat and trying to halt the vicious and inhumane management of the family slaves by the odious and presumptuous Mr. Pridmore, the Vincents find themselves once again maneuvering against the machinations of relatives. This is a twisty, emotionally loaded conclusion to a delightful series.” — Publishers Weekly

Dec 4

NPR’s Best Books of 2014

Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal on VALOUR AND VANITY being one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014!

Nov 17

Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2014

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bear (STELES OF THE SKY) and Mary Robinette Kowal (VALOUR AND VANITY) whose books made it onto Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2014 list!

Aug 18

Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal for her Hugo win!

Mary Robinette Kowal’s novelette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” has won the 2014 Best Novelette Hugo Award!

Congratulations, Mary!

Jun 9

RT Book Reviews on Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

When it comes to writing historical fantasy that is at once absorbing, exciting and incredibly moving, Kowal is in a class by herself. Just as Kowal’s previous book, Without a Summer, blended elements of fantasy with a very real depiction of class struggle, Valour and Vanity balances the adventure of a heist with a poignant portrayal of sudden poverty. Kowal’s skill for writing characters who have fantastic abilities and yet remain deeply human, as susceptible to their own insecurities as anyone you or I know, is just part of what makes her one of the best talents in fantasy.

Married glamourists Jane and Vincent set sail for the Italian port of Murano to study with glassblowers and perfect their “glamour in glass” technique, before meeting up with rakish poet Lord Byron. But before their trip can even begin, their ship is assailed by Barbary corsairs. The small band of travelers is forced to pay heavy ransoms to secure freedom.

Now penniless in a strange city, and with Lord Byron distracted by a romantic intrigue, Jane and Vincent are sans resources. A kind gentleman from their ship offers to help them in Murano, welcomes them to his estate and even finds a glassblower to aid them. But no sooner do Jane and Vincent begin their work, than they discover their benefactor is a fraud and a thief. The Vincents come up with a plan to recover what was stolen from them — a heist. — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

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