Friday, June 28, 2013
Without a Summer by Mary Robinet Kowal
With plots that have enough twists to keep those readers who said "I saw that coming" at bay, the three books each have exquisite detail, delicious conversations, and thought provoking insights. This one expanded the concept of glamour and the magic of this particular world in an interesting tangent, that of coldmongers, used for their skills of keeping food, homes, etc cool at a time when refrigeration was not around. Add in some social inequity, strife, throw in a handful or two of greed and treachery, a pinch of betrayal, stir well, and top with a little romance, and <i>Without a Summer</i> serves up a sumptuous read.
I look forward to seeing where Mary Robinet Kowal takes Jane and Vincent, next.
PS I'm waiting for the return of the wicked Livingston.