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Thief of Camorr

Katharine likes to think she’s a Sky Pirate and that takes up most of her time. When she isn’t treasure hunting, she’s writing or playing video games and wishing Doctor Who and Farscape were real.

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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School)

Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger ‘Etiquette & Espionage’ by Gail Carriger is the first in her new series ‘Finishing School’, aimed at younger readers (with the main character being 14 years old), it’s still enjoyable for older ages, though possibly more female than males.Set in the same world as her previous series ‘Parasol Protectorate’, we meet Sophronia, a girl of good-enough breeding but with a taste for mud and climbing rather than fine tea and quaint conversation. Her mother soon decides to send her to a Finishing School which could be utterly terrible… however, thankfully, it is soon revealed that in addition to the art of proper curtsies and etiquette, it has the additional classes of Espionage, threats and parasol fighting.This leads to a highly entertaining and adventurous novel. As in Carriger’s other work there are vampires and werewolves present and a heavy dose of steampunk (or bustlepunk, as is often used for Carriger’s work.) Sophronia is an intelligent protagonist, armed with the same headstrong nature of Alexia (from Parasol Protectorate) and the want to be friends with those from all classes, which means at times we get to escape the Finishing School girls to meet the servants who are overall more interesting. Overall this book was enjoyable, and so it is a good thing that we’re not often waiting that long for another to arrive from Carriger’s mind. This series will do well with young teenagers through to young adults, as well as adults with a fondness for Victorian-based novels and a bit of fun. Also published: http://sentientonline.net/?p=3853