The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Expected publication: June 16, 2020
In an alternate early twentieth century France, witches live and work, mostly unnoticed by the blind mortals. A young woman yearns to learn more of her witch heritage, yet is stymied by having to run and hide from the law. Another young woman is given an ultimatum. In order to keep her witch license, she must turn in her fellow witch to the authorities. When their fates intertwine, they’re led on a magical journey of discovery.
I was afraid this would be like some other books I’ve read set in a historical French culture. Many tried too hard to imitate a classical, but romantic prose, and only succeeded in turning me off. This book stuck to modern and easy to read prose that was very compelling to read, combined with a great setting and plot. I enjoyed it way more than I’d anticipated.
This was more of a slice of life type of book. There’s no saving the world from a grave danger or anything super dramatic like that. It simply presented an alternate France, where witches live quietly among the mortals, some of whom are more aware of them than others. The characters were mostly good people, trying to do the right thing, and blundering through life, as one tends to do.
I enjoyed the fusion of early twentieth century France, with all the artistic culture of the time, combined with sensible witches. The characters were great, and the book was really enjoyable to read. I haven’t read The Vine Witch, the preceding companion book, but there’s enough background info provided. After reading this book, though, I’m eager to read the first. I really like the style and humor the author writes in.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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