Title: Shades of Milk and Honey
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 208
Type of Book: Library Loan, Paperback
Rated: 5/5 stars!
Shades of Milk and Honey is a glamorous book (sorry, couldn’t resist!) that has several nods to Jane Austen, but filled with magic and musical elements that I adored. The characters are similar to Jane Austen characters, but have their own unique flaws and historiies that I found interesting. The main character, Jane, is a strong female character that wishes she was as pretty as her sister, but her talents make up for her lack of beauty.
I didn’t much care for her sister, to be honest-I found her rather attention seeking brat who complained constantly that men only wanted her for her beauty, and she didn’t have Jane’s talents to keep them interesting. I wanted to strangle her several times, but at the end of the book she made up for her annoyances.
Jane was easily my favorite character of the book, though I did love Vincent as well. Her mother was a bit of a ‘fair’ lady, meaning she didn’t deal well with stress or with danger. I found her almost as annoying as Jane’s sister.
The magic system in this book was fascinating. Glamours to fix houses so that they were prettier and far grander than they normally were? Awesome!
I greatly look forward to reading the next few books in the series. I have no idea how many there are-five? six?-but they all have gorgeous covers, and I am eager to dive into the next one. I plan on making this series one of my featured “Jane Austen” series to look into, when I have the time (lol, free time what’s that?).
Overall, 5/5 stars!
-Pass Me That Book!