Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This kind of light fantasy fare is rather hitting the spot. Low effort, high Regency, light magic, and a little bit of woven magic changing perceptions and causing minor effects. It's really quite a bit of easy fun.
Especially when we get involved with con-men in Venice and get thrown into instant poverty and the threat of debtor's prison. Woo, woo! Nice conflict.
What are the Prince's illusionists going to do?
Well, suffice to say, survival is of first importance, but a little bit of happy chance leads them all to get a bit of light revenge and comeuppance! Let's get creative with that magic, folks!
It's still romance. It's still light-fare. Just a bit more derring-do than usual. :)
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