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Mary Robinette Kowal is an experienced audiobook narrator as well as a gifted writer. She also works another of her creative talents, as a puppeteer, into the novel's plot. The storyline is built on the witty premise that two highly skilled illusionists find themselves cozened by con artists who excel at making people believe in false appearances. The Vincents quickly find themselves far from home in Italy with no funds at hand and no fortune at all after the thieves clean out their bank accounts. Yet not all hope is lost: Jane finds help at a local convent among nuns who are indignant when they learn of the couple's plight, and several plucky characters prove to be capable allies when the illusionists undertake a daring plan to trick the tricksters and bring them to justice. Reading the previous books would be advisable to understand references made in the novel to past events. This is another enjoyable addition to the series.
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This is book 4 in a series of 5 (so far). Definitely start from book 1. The series follows Jane and Vincent's lives (the main characters). When I read the first book, I thought it was just a spoofl on J. Austin's books. This series is much more than that. I've thoroughly enjoyed the series. Ms. Kowal has gone past the Austen reference and created a wonderful series all her own. There's romance, plot twists, and intrigue. Even though some spots are irksome, on the whole, the series is great and I'm looking forward to the next book.
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