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It is 1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of Lady's Maid by the 26th Baroness Tansor, the former Miss Emily Carteret.

But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own closest interests are bound up.

Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, forcing agonising obligations on her, and enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most.

©2008 Dr Harry Sidebottom; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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Not as good as "Meaning of Night'

The author's first novel, the prequel to this one, is one of my favourite novels ever. This is an attempt to provide "bookends" if you will, to the first novel, and it didn't totally succeed for me.
It feels rushed and thrown together in parts and could have used a thorough editing. But there is something about the female lead character that just didn't feel true to me - an example of a male author who can't truly inhabit his creation.
I will read The Meaning of Night over and over in the future, but not The Glass of Time.

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  • Nathanael
  • 09-10-09

Read his first, first!

A book I really could not stop listening to. At several times you felt the conclusion to the story had been reached and there would be yet another twist and turn to keep you on your seats edge. I was not aware until I searched for more of Michael Cox's books that this is a sequel to his first book which will now have to serve as a prequel. Enjoy!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph Michael Roy
  • 09-01-09

A HOLIDAY MUST!

What a joy it was to listen to this audiobook, I found myself unable to switch off, sometimes keeping me up until after 2am, fantastic plot with all the components necessary to make a very good story. Such a shame that there will be no more words from the pen of Mr Cox.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • coolzs
  • 08-12-09

the glass of time

i thought michael cox's first book was good , but this in many ways is even better. I think the descriptive language adds to a plot with many unexpected twists , and was sorry to learn that no more books from this author would be forthcoming , due to his untimely death.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • R
  • 08-17-11

beautifully written and narrated

This is a most beautifully written and narrated historical novel written by Michael Cox. I found myself continuously intriqued, wondering constantly what would happen next and if I was correct in my assumptions of how the story would progress.I listened to "the meaning of night" first by the same author and this gives the background "to the glass of time" and I found the two books together well worth reading and I can recomend them heartidly. I will definately listen to them again
Sadly there will be no more titles by this author for which I am truly sad, but I am grateful to audible for bringing my attention to the book which I probably wouldnt have listened to if I hadnt taken the time to read the preview

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 07-19-11

Utter perfection

Having listened to the Meaning of Night, I very quickly came back to download this book, having enjoyed the former so much. I wasn't sure if this would be so good, as I'm aware that the first book was almost 30 years in the planning. I need not have worried. I didn't believe I have ever been so engaged or enthralled by any character as I was by Esperanza Alice Gorst, and the twists and turns of her life.

Even though some of the outcomes were clear early on, Cox always threw in a twist when you least expected it, and one that was hard to foresee. The beauty of his writing further aided the story, and restrained nature of the conversations was so authentically Victorian, and had me yearning for the characters to break free!

Michael Cox's output may have been small before his sad death, but is perfectly formed. His story was an interesting one in itself, and if you haven't already listened to The Meaning of Night, and the interview with the author which comes at the end, I'd strongly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • 12-07-10

The Glass of Time

What a wonderful book, beautifully read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth Davies
  • 03-03-10

Exceptional

Superb listening experience - I did not want it to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Louisa
  • 02-21-10

Keeps you constantly gripped

This is a wonderfully rewarding listen and keeps you constantly gripped. I might advise starting with The Meaning of Night, and going straight on The Glass of Time because I certainly had some difficultly in remembering the plot details of the previous book. If you enjoy an enthralling tale with plenty of twists and turns in the plot, you will really enjoy this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Hayley
  • 12-27-09

Just don't lose track of who's who!

Beautifully written, and read. Could have been 20% shorter without losing any of the impact. Full of twists and turns - most of which weren't predictable. But I must say, I struggled at times to remember who was who, as a zoned out a few times. Overall, glad I stuck with it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-09

A really good read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well put together and well read. The author has recreated the era to perfection. I little predictable in places, but well worth reading. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful