Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

The final installation of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series was nothing short of astounding. It took me far too long to make time for this book, but when I did, I rushed through it. Because I couldn't stop reading.

Once again, Carriger wove a full tale of surprising twists, dastardly plots, and graceful parties. As always, this is a spoiler-free review, but be prepared for surprising twists and world-ending revelations that pin a bow on this fantastic finale.

Miss Sophronia finds herself in the middle of yet another plot to overthrow the supernatural leaders of Queen Victoria's government. She embarks on one final mission to save the nation with subtle espionage, ladylike grace, and wonton destruction.

Many of the questions left open at the end of the last two books are finally answered. New questions arise through this story, as well, and Carriger successfully gives the readers what they want: a satisfying conclusion full of answers. It even ties in to her Parasol Protectorate series by the very end.

The only disappointment is that this is the final book in the series. Seriously. It's been a fantastic adventure, and I'm so sad that it's over. I want more books from her, in this series, and elsewhere in her colorful universe. We do have one more book to look forward to, which will be reviewed in due time.

Until then, I suggest each and every one of you go start from the beginning, read (or reread) her books. Better yet, go pick them up in audio format. You won't regret it.

Giles Hash reads and writes Y/A Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Reviewing them for Beyond the Trope is simply a perk that he enjoys at every opportunity.

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