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I would recommend this book to a friend, if that friend has read at least one of the previous two books in the series. I hope that the author continues with this series because I am hooked; she's doing a very good job of incorporating real world events into a fantasy setting.
What I liked: character development of Jane and Vincent. Melody also had her moments as well. About halfway through this book I finally understood why Vincent is such a debbie downer, which was very rewarding.
What I didn't like: I would have liked more glamour. One of the reasons why I find this series so fascinating is the whole 'Jane Austin with Magic' thing. In this story the glamour used by the coldmongers moved the plot off screen and rarely on screen. The author has developed a beautiful form of magic and it's a shame that so much of the coldmonger glamour was off screen.
Net total, this was a good book because it brought more emotional depth to all the main characters.
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I have read the previous books in this series so it was lovely to have Mary read this one to me. She has an amazing narration voice and I was thrilled to have it for this book.
Two small quibbles on the narration
It took me a long time to understand it was Miss Declare vs Mister Claire. That lead to some issues on my part.
I thought that Mary’s choice for Melody was a little too carefree but I understand why the choice was made.
On the story:
I ended up rather disliking Jane. Even tho she improved by the end I was extremely disappointed by racist and religious discrimination of Mr O’Brian even if historically accurate.