Austen it ain't,
This review is from: Shades of Milk and Honey (The Glamourist Histories) (Paperback)
The original idea of combining Austen with magic could be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the setup doesn't quite work. As a Regency novel it is just too thin on the richness of an Austen novel and its characters. Kowal's characters do not rise above cliche. As a fantasy novel is is just too thin on the magical background and magic as a concept. And as an engaging story it just hasn't enough happening. Lots of stilted conversations and repetitively repressive conventions do not make an interesting plot. Perhaps this is weak because it is a first in a series (benefit of the doubt made for the second star) but I'm not sure that I will bother to find out.
There are better historical novels to read - with or without magic as decorations. Borrow from the library or a friend if you are that pushed.