Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Speculative, steampunk
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.
Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Times bestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.
Bluestocking’s Opinion: I think what I liked most about this book is that fact that there was finally a tie-in to the Parasol Protectorate series! Last book we got to see Lord Akeldama, but I wanted there to be some overlap with plot. Finally, we got to see the effect of Lord Maccon leaving the Scotland pack and how Niall became the new leader even though he wasn’t an Alpha. I’m really interested to see where the author is going to go with the whole Pickleman plot. I don’t recall seeing them in the Parasol Protectorate series. Perhaps Sophronia deals them a heavy blow so they go underground? That would be interesting. I’m hoping by the end of this series we will see Sophronia’s story tie into that of Alexia’s. Anyway, this was a great read. I love the school’s slogan of “sovereign, sovereigns, or seduction.” Words every woman should live by.
I really want one of those bladed fans like what Sophronia has in the picture. It’s practical for cooling oneself as well as defense and attack.