The Glass of Time Paperback – 9 Jul 2009
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A satisfyingly sinister yarn (Daily Mail)
'Engrossing . . . all the ingredients of a Gothic romance' (The Times)
'A Gutsy 18-year-old heroine masquerades as a lady's maid to uncover dark secrets. Sounds intriguing' (Bookseller)
'Absorbing' (Times Literary Supplement)
'This is a period mystery told with great skill, notable for its marvellous sense of the past and vividly drawn characters' (Good Book Guide)
When the secrets you keep don't want to be kept . . .See all Product Description
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With the help of forged references, Esperanza Gorst becomes lady's-maid and later paid companion to the cold, haughty Lady Tansor, Emily Duport (nee Cartaret), the lover of Phoebus Daunt who was brutally murdered by Edward Gliver twenty years earlier. At first Esperanza has no idea why her guardian has sent her on this mission, but as she delves deeper into the secrets of the Duport dynasty she uncovers shocking information about her own background and that of the Duport heirs, brooding poet Perseus and nice-but-dim Randolph. Along the way she meets some wonderful almost Dickensian characters, including the comedy double-act of Montagu Wraxall and Inspector Gully, and her quest takes her from the stately Evenwood to the dark, dirty streets of London and beyond.
As for the question 'Do I need to have read The Meaning of Night before reading The Glass of Time?', well strictly speaking no, but I really would recommend it in order to get the full benefit of Glass of Time, as the plot is so closely based on that of its predecessor and the ending is such a satisfying conclusion to the two books. However, if your memories of The Meaning of Night are a bit hazy (as mine were), then don't worry, there are lots of journals and letters flying backwards and forwards between the characters in Glass of Time which serve as helpful synopses of previous events, as well as providing Esperanza with the keys to unlock her past.Read more ›
We first met Baroness Tansor when she was Emily Carteret, engaged to Phoebus Daunt, the poet who was murdered twenty years before The Glass of Time opens. She still harbors feelings for her former flame, however, and one of the things she has Esperanza do is read from Daunt's work. She also has Esperanza run mysterious errands into town, much to the suspicions of Evenwood's housekeeper. What unfolds is a web of deception, lies, and, yes murder--not much more than that about the plot I'll say, only because I don't want to give anything away.
The Glass of Time has been one of the books I've been anticipating the most this year, and it didn't disappoint. Cox's long-winded, Dickensian style won't be to everyone's taste, but I really like his mode of writing--it sucked me right in from start to finish. His prose is descriptive, and his characters unusual and interesting. In Esperanza, Cox finds a bright, fresh, and new way to tell the story of the Tansor family. Cox's depiction of Victorian England is never contrived, like so many books set in that period and written lately are--another thing I loved about The Glass of Time.
Another thing I thought was excellent was that Cox (for the most part) got rid of the fiction that this is a "confession" edited and annotated by someone else for publication, using the convention of using footnotes to explain various passages.Read more ›
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Here is a literary novel, leisurely told to us by Miss Esperanza Gorst. Subtly moving back and forth between present and past tense, she brings us into England of the mid-1800s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gloria piper
Brilliant book. wonderful story, very well written. Can't recommend enough. I would give it more than five stars. Will be reading more from this authorPublished 15 months ago by jools
Fantastic read. Very satisfying sequel to The Meaning of Night. Both books I found real page turners and I was disappointed when I came to the end!Published 16 months ago by Valdera
Brilliant read, hard to put down. I suggest you read the meaning of night first, also by Micheal CoxPublished 21 months ago by Amanda
This is a sequel to the brilliant Meaning of Night. Less bitter and coming from a woman's point of view it softens the original and adds answers. Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Emmabemma
With a nineteen year old orphan call Esperanza Gorst narrating her secret life, this book has to be the most engrossing one that have read in a long time. Read morePublished on 11 May 2014 by Susie Green
I bought this book immediately on finishing The Meaning of Night and read it a couple of weeks later, so the story and characters from the first book were still fresh in my mind. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by Mrs Jenna L Thomas
the first book was one of the best I've read, this one is a poor follow on but still would recommend a read for those fans of the first one.. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by Mr. Dominic Lumsden