I loved Waistcoats and Weaponry as much and maybe more as the rest of the books in the series. Sophronia just keeps getting better. I won’t spoil anything, but she’s growing up, learning how serious life is, planning for her future, dealing with boys, and getting into mischief with her friends. I loved every second of it and am dying for the next one. I hope it’s the last because I want to know how it ends, but at the same time I don’t want it to end because it’s so clever and exciting.
The series demands to be taken seriously. Looking at a summary of the series it would be hard to take it seriously (Hey I’ve been reading this steampunk series about a girl who goes to a floating finishing school that trains her to be a secret agent spy intelligencer type person, and she takes classes about taking high tea but also how to kill people with bladed fans, and she’s friends with the kids who keep the school floating, and there’s vampires and warewolves and robots and a school for evil geniuses, and she keeps getting herself in trouble with this band of anti-supernatural men who try to blow up trains with cannons…) It’s kind of hard to read or hear someone tell you all that and not raise an eyebrow (or both). But the thing is, the writing and the language takes itself seriously, and transports you into a place where you can throw yourself into the story and take it seriously, which is the only real way to enjoy it. I admire Carriger’s writing style and plan to read more of her work.
Moira’s reading was as good as always, and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. If you haven’t listened to her work, check out this link to the audible books she’s done.