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Valour And Vanity

When Jane and David Vincent embark on a tour of the continent with their family, they plan to separate from the main party and travel to Murano, to study with the city's famous glassblowers. En route to Italy, their ship is set-upon by Barbary corsairs, leaving the pair destitute. Luckily, a wealthy fellow passenger - a banker by profession - offers them credit and a place to stay; and Jane and David can finally begin work. But when a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass, Jane and David are horrified to discover that their generous benefactor is in fact a fraud and a cheat - who has robbed them blind! Now in serious debt, and forbidden from travel, the pair hatch 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.
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The magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven, Valour and Vanity is a Regency version of a heist movie with a healthy dose of magic.

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Mary Robinette Kowal is an author, professional puppeteer and voice actor. Mary currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com for more information about her fiction and her puppetry.


In her Glamourist Histories series, she captures the tone of an Austen or a Heyer, while setting the stories in a world where ladies of Quality must manipulate Glamour to create intricate illusions. * USA Today * I love these books! They're an ideal mix between adventure, character, and magic. -- Brandon Sanderson A delightful read, with an examination of the craft and emotion of art combined with deftly drawn characters, laugh-out-loud wit and a magical re-imagining of Georgian society. * SFX * Simply enchanting. -- John Scalzi Startlingly good. -- Patrick Rothfuss Kowal has captured both the style and content of an Austen novel, adding her own speculative fiction twist. Readers who enjoyed such novels as Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell will find [the Glamourist Histories] appealing as well * The Jane Austen Centre, Bath * With the grace of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, a touch of classic fairy tale magic, and an action-packed ending, [the Glamourist Histories] will appeal to fans of Jane Austen, Jane Yolen, Patricia Wrede, Susannah Clarke, and even Jasper Fforde. * Library Journal * With magic, manners, mayhem, and no small measure of derring-do - the Glamourist Histories are everything you could wish for in a sleek, fashionable fantasy series. A shimmering adventure for history buffs and glamour enthusiasts alike. -- Cherie Priest

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