Friday, March 15, 2013
Review: Etiquette & Espionage
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this author. She has the ability to transport me from the dreary mundane world into the marvelous steampunk world of her creation. This world has all the wonders of airships and steam powered mechanicals intertwined with the propriety of the Victorian era of petticoats and cravats.
Unlike her previous books, this is a young adult novel and the characters are in their early teens. They are just creeping up on adulthood and the prepubescent interest of life around them, their place in the world, their interests and the interests of their friends and creating the lasting bonds of friendship. There are hints of puppylove, as many of the girls have a crush on the unattainable and mysterious werewolf captain.
I was so happy to see some of my old friends from the previous books making an appearance in this series as well. This series is set before the Parasol books. So the characters you know and love are much younger and it is great fun to see them here.
Some have referred to this being a "Harry Potter" like story. The only connection I could make is both take place in a school and under special circumstances for the main characters. Other than that, there is little connection. There are no wand waving classes, no spells and incantations and no trolls in this book. Instead we have etiquette and curtsy classes as well as deception and the best way to manipulate a conversation. Air pirates and mad scientists fill out the dance card of characters and of course parents that just don't seem to understand their own children.
I loved every minute of this story and I can't wait for the next one! So Hurry Author!! Please!!
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