[Book Review] Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry / Gail Carriger (Powell's Books)

(Mis)adventure surrounds Sophronia, a girl with a sharp mind and strong determination.  Of course, a lady (in training) does have appearances to maintain, which is exactly what she is learning from Mademoiselle Geraldine's finishing school.  After all, what intelligencer wants to broadcast their skills and intentions to their targets?  Of course, perhaps the students aren't meant to have quite so many adventures before they graduate.  But when Sophronia and her friends stowaway on a train to help their classmate Sidheag return to her family's werewolf pack they had no idea they were stumbling into a plot that threatens to throw London into chaos.

I came into Waistcoats & Weaponry without having read the preceding two books from the Finishing School series, however I am familiar with the world setting through Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.  I recommend some familiarity with the setting if for some reason, like me, you end up reading the third book in the series first.

Carriger writes a somewhat madcap and irreverent steampunk historical England with a health share of supernatural residents and fiendishly clever inventors.  The Finishing School Series introduces us to the younger versions of characters we grow to love (or not) in the Parasol Protectorate.  This YA series is light on romance, high on adventure, and touches on issues of race and class.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers through NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.


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