Updated: Jun 16
It's another week at the Reading Corner for All and I'm so stoked to share about The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith. I absolutely love the element of classism that Smith imparts with her stories through her incorporation of magic, search for identity, and delving into the past to unlock the possibilities of the present. I loved the depiction of turn-of-the-century Paris and the innate sense of fantasy that weaves into the heart of Yvette's journey. Smith's main protagonists, Yvette and Elena, hold great degrees of self discovery that carry the narrative with a strong sense of courage and persistence to face their past and come to terms with the magic they carry in their blood.
Be sure to check out my favorite quotes from the book!
"One's fate must not be trivialized by idle talk."
"There is no greater journey that following one's fate."
"The transformation, the struggle between light and dark, that is what propels life forward. That metamorphosis is one's purpose for existing."
The Glamourist (The Vine Witch Series #2)
by Luanne G. Smith Publisher: 47North Release Date: June 9th 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
A spellbinding novel of bloodlines, self-discovery, and redemption by the author of the Washington Post bestseller The Vine Witch.
Abandoned as a child in turn-of-the-century Paris, Yvette Lenoir has longed to uncover the secrets of her magical heritage and tap her suppressed powers. But what brave and resourceful Yvette has done to survive the streets has made her a fugitive. With a price on her head, she clings to a memento from her past—what she believes to be a grimoire inherited from the mother she never knew. To unlock the secrets of her past, Yvette trusts in one woman to help solve the arcane riddles among its charmed pages.
Elena Boureanu is the vine witch of Château Renard, noted for its renowned wines. Even as she struggles with her own bloodline—and its poisonous threat to her future—Elena can’t ignore a friend on the run. Joined by a cunning thief, the proprietor of an enchanted-curio shop, and a bewitching black cat, Elena and Yvette are determined to decode Yvette’s mysterious keepsake. But what restless magic will be unleashed? And what are Yvette and Elena willing to risk to become the witches they were destined to be?
Luanne G. Smith is the author of THE VINE WITCH, a fantasy novel about witches, wine, and revenge set in early 20th century France, and the forthcoming second book in the series, THE GLAMOURIST. She’s lucky enough to live in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, a glass of wine at the end of the day, and finding the magic in everyday life.