We read Ms Carriger’s debut title, Soulless, last year. It was an amusing change to the usual Urban Fantasy novels, with the refreshing addition of Steampunk and a truly wonderful heroine in Alexia Tarabotti. It offered us a decidedly different take on the vampires and werewolves that typically populate such titles and had an amazingly acerbic and sarcastic sense of humor, which kept me giggling in delight for the entire read. I have to admit that I enjoyed it so much that I read the second and third books in the Parasol Protectorate series and I intend to conquer books four and five this year, so I was delighted to read that Ms Carriger will publish the first in a new series on Tuesday.
Etiquette & Espionage is the first offering in the Finishing School series.
Here is the description from Goodreads:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.
Ms Carriger has plenty of interesting information about the title on her blog where you can check out posts on:
There is even a post displaying the cover art for Curtsies & Conspiracies, Finishing School: Book the Second.
I am fairly certain that you will be seeing Etiquette & Espionage on a book vote soon . . .