I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to pick this one up as well!
Title: The Glamourist (The Vine Witch, #2)
Author: Luanne G. Smith
Release Date: June 9, 2020
Genres: YA Historical Fantasy
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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?
- This book is set entirely in Paris, which was a departure from The Vine Witch’s country setting. I really liked this, as I got to see turn-of-the-century France with all the magic that this book adds.
- I love how the author continues to expand on the magic system in this story. The new aspects seem to blend perfectly with the familiar, and I’m excited to see what the author does in the next book.
I was a little wary going into this book, realizing that it was about Yvette. I loved her in the first book, but I really wanted to find out what happened with Elena. Lucky for me, I got the best of both worlds! Both Yvette and Elena had POV chapters, and the more I read of Yvette, the more I admired her for her resourcefulness.
I admit that the first half of the book seemed a little bit slower than the rest for me. It was harder to get into. But once I got past the 50% mark, I was completely absorbed with the story. Like the first book, The Glamourist has some excellent twists that I didn’t see coming. The ending was fabulous, and it made me excited to read the next book.
This is a solid sequel, and I’m grateful I had the chance to read it. Though the beginning was difficult for me to get through, the ending was totally worth it. Fans of the first won’t be disappointed.
About the Author
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.