|Posted by Lee Ann Farruga on September 21, 2013 at 8:20 AM|
At the beginning of this year I introduced the newest series by Gail Carriger. It is set in the same fantastic steampunk/gaslight world of her Parasol Protectorate series.
The sequel to Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies finds Sophronia up to more mischief and intrigue. She learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. There is a conspiracy that holds dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. She must rely on her training to discover who is behind this dangerous plot....and without the help of her friends who have all abandoned her for the silly trifle of being perfect.
The author has done a wonderful job of continuing Sophronia's schooling at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality from the first book of the series into the next. It begins right in the middle of one of her lessons and continues smoothly into the meat of the story. My favourite thing about this story, and her books in general, is the humour to be found throughout.
As the story progessed I found myself wondering how Ms. Carriger's mind comes up with things like using a teacher's mustache configurations and movements to enlighten the reader of his emotional state, yet sound like the mustache is its own entity. "The mustache arrowed in Monique's direction" "The mustache drooped" "...a pathologically unsteady mustache." and most impressive "Professor Braithwope's mustache fluffed in amusement". Simply fabulous!
There is subtle humour, as well, that amuses me. For example, a number of the characters' names have me giggling like a school girl as I read them... Lord Dingleproops, Professor Shrimpdittle, and baddies called "Picklemen".
Her style of writing is relaxed, but still very detailed, and very easy to read. It's fun and keeps me entertained until the very end.
If you are a fan of her writing, you will greatly enjoy Curtsies & Conspiracies. If you are looking for something new and fresh and funny, this series is a great place to start.