The Glamourist (The Vine Witch Series #2)
by Luanne G. Smith
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?
I enjoyed book two of the Vine Witch series which focused on following Yvette and her story. Turn-of-the-century Paris was a beautiful setting and a perfect magical backdrop.
Unlike Elena, who was taught how to use her magic, Yvette grew up in a brothel, struggling to survive and also had to steal and give in order to survive. This gave her a different perspective however, I love that Elena and Yvette both are searching for identities within their magical abilities, and have to revisit the past to see what the future must hold. Being able to see more of Elena’s story develop and to getting to know Yvette more was a perfect continuation of the storyline.
All the characters in The Glamourist, both old and new, are very well developed. I especially enjoyed Alexandre, Marion, and Henri. I hope that this series continues so I can spend even more time with them.
“There is no greater journey that following one’s fate.”
“. . . she fell asleep to the vibrating thrum of hope for perhaps the first time in her life.”
“Trust me, the palace isn’t as fancy as it looks. it only pretends to cater to the city snobs on the outside.”
“Some men are born with the seeds of cruelty in their hearts…”
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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.