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Etiquette and Espionage: Number 1 in series (Finishing School) Kindle Edition
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If you've ever wanted to know how to curtsey and throw a knife at the same time, the correct technique for fainting in a crowded ballroom so that only the man whose attention you are trying to attract comes to your rescue, or how to repulse a werewolf attack using only an evening fan and a bottle of scent, then this is the book for you! I shall certainly read the next book in this series (if only to find out what the red lace doily and the lemon are for...)
The action starts from the very first page when Sophronia tries to listen to her Mothers conversation while manoeuvring a dumbwaiter, but it slips and drops to the ground floor and chucks her out, ripping her underskirts in the process. Her mother is once again disgraced at her youngest daughters actions and it's the final straw. The unknown guest her mother is talking to just happens to be the headmistress of the Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing School for Young Ladies of Quality. After a quick interview with the women Sophronia is sent off to pack and without a backwards glance her mother sends her off with the stranger. Things aren't exactly what they seem.Read more ›
It centers on Sophronia, a teenage girl sent to a finishing school by her exasperated mother. However it's not just a normal finishing school, aside from the fact the school is actual a giant air ship, the school teaches a very specific set of skills, more suited to a spy shall we say.
Set in the same steam punk setting as her other series, and complete with the werewolves and vampires and the ways of them that we know about from the other one, it's very well written, with amazing imagery, and I love all the devices Gail imagines and details for us.
The "prototype" is needed for a certain machine anyone who's read the previous series will know about! Very fast paced, and hilarious!
The appearance of younger versions of previous characters appears to make this a prequel to the Parasol Protectorate.
All things considered this is not a bad book. The plot romps along at high speed, with a lot of hanging questions ready to start the next book, which I look forward to with interest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great books of the classic young peoples adventure genre. Faced paced and upbeat. Enjoyed the whole series.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I picked up this book on a whim, never having read a steam punk novel I did not know what to expect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Antony W. Downing
Not sure that anything can beat the parasol protectorate but this is very interesting and in the same vein, and appears to be a prequel?.Published 5 months ago by Dumbo49
I found myself incredibly intrigued by the premise of this book, but disappointed with the story itself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Savage
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