Etiquette and Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
From the queen of light and witty steampunk comes a Young Adult offering in the form of “Etiquette Espionage”.
I’m not sure how this will be read by someone new to Ms Carrigers’ writing, as part of the charm for me was being back in her world, and being familiar with her style from reading her adult steampunk series “The Parasol Protectorate” made it easy to fall into her writing rhythm and enjoy the subtle, and not so subtle, humour.
Sophronia is a somewhat wild child, at least if you compare her to her relatives and the young ladies of society. In desperation her mother sends her off, kicking and screaming, to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
Thankfully for Sophronia, all is not as it seems. Yes she’s forced to take dance lessons, and to dress like a lady… but she’s also learning the time honoured traditions of assassination and espionage. Things are certainly looking up.
I absolutely adored the concept of Etiquette & Espionage, the characters were wonderful, if a little caricature-ish, and the basic plot was fun. My main issue with this was the pacing, the story was a little slow, and the world building not as clear as it could have been.
While trying to develop several characters and create layers of mystery Ms Carriger is also trying to introduce us to Sophronia’s world, which includes supernatural creatures and wonderful mechanical devices. All of this works together to create a story rather lacking in depth.
If you’ve read her adult stories, then you will enjoy the originality and lightness of Etiquette Espionage, and I personally am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, as I am dying to see how the characters and plot develop (which I know they will, in the most interesting manner); If you haven’t read the Parasol Protectorate, I really cannot judge how you will enjoy this, but completely recommend that you give it a go.
Set in the world of Gail Carriger’s bestselling Parasol Protectorate series, this is the perfect series for old and new fans alike.
Publication Date: February 12, 2013