Acclaimed fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal has enchanted many fans with her beloved vels featuring a Regency setting in which magic kwn here as glamour is real. In Valour and Vanity, master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven.After Melody's wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Mura to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are t enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Mura destitute.Jane and Vincent are helped by a kind local they meet en route, but Vincent is determined to become self-reliant and get their money back, and hatches a plan to do so. But when so many things are t what they seem, even the best laid plans conceal a few pitfalls. The ensuing adventure is a combination of the best parts of magical fantasy and heist vels, set against a glorious Regency backdrop.