Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (42)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor, 29 April 2014).

 After Melody's wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on the their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are not enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute.

Fortunately, one of the gentlemen from the ship is a local banker and arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. Relieved, the Vincents begin the work for which they have come to Italy.

All is proceeding apace until a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass. Jane and Vincent produce letters from their banking friend, but they are all forgeries, and worse, he has used their forged letters to clean out their funds in England. Now, Jane and Vincent owe money to a number of people in town and are forbidden from travel. They manage to find some small work, but it is obvious to both of them that this path will not maintain them for long.

Instead, Vincent hatches 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.

Cover and description from Fantastic Fiction.

I've enjoyed all of this series so far, though the last one didn't appeal to me as much as the first and second. But this one sounds like a lot of fun; "a heist, in a Regency setting, with magic" would probably pull me in even if I had no past experience with the author.


  1. I have read all of these, too. David Liss has a book of a similar type that you might like. It's called The Twelfth Enchantment. If you haven't read it already, you might like it.

    1. Cool, I'll add it to the list.