Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Official Blurb:Cover of Gail Carriger's Waistcoats and Weaponry

Sophronia continues second year finishing school in style — with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown. She, best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and charming Lord Felix Mersey stow away on train to return classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspects what or who would be aboard the suspiciously empty train.

Review by Katy Haye:

I love Gail Carriger’s steampunk world full of airships, intrigue, vampires, werewolves and plenty of tea. I adored the first book in the series, Etiqutte and Espionage. If you haven’t read that, pop off and check it out now. I’ll wait.

Okay, so the sad thing is that this third installment doesn’t quite reach the same heights. It’s good, but it’s not amazing.

The relationships between the characters are superbly delineated, especially Sophronia and Soap, but the plot seemed incidental and largely unfinished. I didn’t understand the aims of the baddies, or believe they’d actually been vanquished at the end of the novel.
Waistcoats and Weaponry is worth reading, don’t get me wrong – but I wanted it to be better than it was.

Four out of a possible five. piranha stars turquoise 4

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