Title: Waistcoats & Weaponry
Author: Gail Carriger
Length: 298 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Sophronia’s finishing school is nothing like a normal finishing school for Victorian girls. Sure, it has all the latest steampunk gadgets, including a mechanimal, and sooties to keep the whole school floating. No, Sophronia’s school is unique in that it is training her to be an intelligencer. Whether she pits her services for the Queen or the Picklemen has yet to be determined. She may have a patron. She definitely has a pair of suitors. Her teacher wonders if she is taking to the lessons a bit too well.
It’s just a normal day for Sophronia and her gang of future intelligencers.
Banter Points: Love this series. It’s the YA version of Carriger’s steampunk world with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and those that are for or against them.
The concept of a floating school that trains female spies is thrilling. Add some great steampunk elements like lessons that teach one how to kill with a fan or give the Promising Look, and, well, you have characters with some great talents.
In this particular story, Sophronia helps Sidheag get to her werewolf pack in Scotland. The transportation is stolen (of course.) There’s a transformation (more than one, in fact.) And Diminity ruins a dress.
A most satisfactory application of her skills, indeed.
Bummer Points: Terribly short. At a mere 300 pages, it would have been lovely to have more book to read.
Stacie’s Recommendation: This is the third in the series and I’m still loving the whole thing.