Shades of Milk and Honey is a fascinating book fully of magic and set in the Regency era of England. The novel was written by Mary Robinette Kowel and came recommended by either John or Hank on the VlogBrothers. When they mentioned it on YouTube they said the novel was like “Jane Austin but with magic”. Curious, I downloaded the novel in iBooks and started reading it.
For a while, I must admit, I thought they were very right in comparing Shades of Milk and Honey to Jane Austin books. The novel was sort of like Pride and Prejudice. To be fair its likeness could be found in other Jane Austin novels too, this just happens to be the only story whose intricacies I am familiar with. Mr. Vincent reminded me of Mr. Darcy because he seems sort of grumpy and uncommunicative. Jane reminds me of Elizabeth Bennet. She even has a flirtatious younger sister and all the characters had that habit of referring to each other as “Miss This” and “Mr. That”. For me, Shades of Milk and Honey was easily much more engaging and interesting than Pride and Prejudice.
The story itself was not very high paced initially. This is not intended as a bad thing, if anything I was intrigued by the world that the characters lived in and I could see this “thing” developing between Mr. Vincent and Jane, even though she thinks he hates her. Lets get real here; there is no way he really disliked her, that’s never how the story really goes.
Suddenly around half way in big things start happening. Secret dalliances, people being duplicitous and men running around with dueling pistols. I swear, all these things * mostly * resolve themselves. But just as something else begins… The book ended.
The good news is that there is a second book that I will be reading as soon as possible.