How amazing would it be if you were a teenage girl sent to finishing school as punishment, but were in fact being sent to an Espionage school, in a dirigible! This is the case for Sophronia, and the other young ladies sent to Madame Geraldine’s in the Finishing school series. A prequel to the Parasol Protectorate series, this is the last of four books.
A brief synopsis as stated on Amazon.com:
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster–in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.
In the first three novels, Sophronia and her friends learned such skills as how to pour tea, flirt, and solve mysteries, all while dressed in turn of the century clothes and displaying proper etiquette in all things ladylike. In comparison with Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, Sophronia and her gal pals were much more light hearted and fun. Although there were some similarities between Sophronia (Finishing School) and Alexia Tarabotti(Parasol Protectorate). Both were outcasts in society, Sophronia for being extremely bright and the best spy in training which some of the other ladies envied, and Alexia for being a preternatural, a true outcast in the supernatural set. In each series, we also followed their blooming romances, with Parasol having a slightly more adult storyline.
Manners and Mutiny neatly ties up all of the loose ends from the previous three books. Yes, Sophronia saves all of London and her friends, as stated in the above synopsis, but even more importantly, her love life, which seemed to have huge boundaries to overcome, is also given a nice conclusion. Although, I did feel badly for Lord Mersey who we invested ourselves in emotionally, as did Sophronia, in earlier books, and hope he shows up in a future storyline with a chance for a happy ending.
This was a fun series to read, and there is another series already in print. Check out Gailcarriger.com for more information.
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