“It’s one thing to waltz properly. It’s quite another to waltz properly with a bladed fan stitched into one’s corset.”


Vampires and Werewolves and Mechanicals, oh my!! We might as well chant the refrain as we skip through the pages of Gail Carriger’s latest bit of Steampunk perfection served up with verve and style in Waistcoats & Weaponry.

Protagonist Sophronia Temminnick and her coterie of charming acquaintances enter their second year at the fashionable, the inestimable, dare I say it, the incomparable Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

For those of unlucky enough to have been overlooked during application acceptance, the Blackstone/ Hachette Audio is a ready source of superior diction, and guaranteed to provide the listener with all the advantages fortunate students receive during classes. (We are reliably informed for example, that “quality” is pronounced “qual-e-tay,” murmured in a husky drawl.)

It is not all tea and cakes for Sophronia and her clique. An elegant ball with runaway mechanical servants, a mysterious train; unsettled werewolf relations and most annoyingly, a forced engagement conspire to keep Sophronia from focusing on her education and determining the course of her future.

I would suggest reading, or listening to, the first two books in the series. Although you can probably understand Waistcoats & Weaponry without, why forego the pleasure?


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Added 12th June 2015

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