As always Gail Carriger has created a delightful female character who inadvertently subverts the standards of Victorian society. Set in a finishing school more akin to Hogwarts and 007, Sophronia is whisked off into the world of etiquette and espionage, with lots of fantastical mechanicals. Unlike other authors, Carriger actually touches on the gender, race and class issues that were very real for that era.

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