The Finishing School Series

1850s Young Adult Completed Series

Sophronia is recruited to a finishing school for spies located in a dirigible floating over Dartmoor. In this whimsical YA series, young ladies of quality are taught to finish everything – and everyone – as needed. Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 22 years earlier, full of steampunk etiquette, well-dressed espionage, and flying food.

The Finishing School books were all New York Times Bestsellers. Individually, they have been Locus bestsellers; Goodreads Choice, Teen Choice, Locus Award, and Sakura Medal nominees; received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist; been honored as YALSA Amazing Audiobooks; and received the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice and Elbakin Awards.

Praise for The Finishing School

“...cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”

~ Booklist, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“This genre-bender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfield.” -

~ Kirkus, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page… Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.”

~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick...Carriger delivers a grand mix of etiquette and espionage with a dash of humor and enough subterfuge to spring some surprises.”

~ Shelf Awareness, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)