Gail Carriger currently has three book series, all set in her whimsical steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past. She has several short stories, one set in the work of the Parasol Protectorate.
- The Parasol Protectorate Series
- The Custard Protocol Series
- The Finishing School Series
- Short Writings & Other Frivolities
Gail Carriger's Series
Gail Carriger currently has several book series set in her steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.
The Finishing School Series (1850s Young Adult)
Sophronia is secretly 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; recieved starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist; been honored as YALSA Amazing Audiobooks; and recieved the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice and Elbakin Awards.
“...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)
The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s)
Five books chronicling the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, and treacle tart tendancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. This popular series imagines Jane Austen dabbling in science mixed with P.G. Wodehouse dropping vampires into his Drones Club.
The Parasol Protectorate books have been translated into over a dozen different languages, won several awards, turned into graphic novels, and been optioned for TV. They have made appearences on the Mass Market, Manga, Combined Print & eBook, and eBook New York Times Bestseller lists.
“This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Soulless)
“A tapestry that is simultaneously witty, charming, exhilarating and downright fun."
~ fantasyliterature.com (Soulless)
“Alexia is my new favorite character in fiction right now. . .smart, sassy, has no "filter", and is a refreshing new voice in literature. There is nothing like it out right now. . . and I dare you not to giggle like a schoolgirl (and guffaw like a loon) when you read it.”
~ Book Buyers Anonymous (Soulless)
“A character-driven romp with great world-building and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse.”
~ io9.com (Soulless)
“The Parasol Protectorate presents what is perhaps the most original twist on vampire and werewolf mythology to ever appear in the genre.”
~ RobWillReview (Soulless)
The Custard Protocol Series (1890s Ongoing)
Rue and her marauding crew of outrageous miscreants charge about in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, trying to fix the British Empire, loudly and mainly with tea. This series explores the wider ramifications of Gail's steampunk universe, both its technology and how vampires and werewolves evolved differently all over the world.
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller.
“Blending steampunk and urban fantasy in a colorful alternate Victorian England, Carriger presents a grand cast of characters on a harrowing adventure that stretches from England to India.“
~ Booklist, April 2015 (Prudence)
“Behind the delightful whimsy and snarky observations, there is a great deal of heart and soul…”
~ RT Book Reviews (Prudence)
“Carriger maintains a droll, tongue-in-cheek tone, and her protagonists are as concerned with witty banter and fashionable hats as they are with fighting for their lives.”
~ Publishers Weekly (Prudence)