My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this slightly silly, queered send-up of a Victorian pulp novel. The characters are totally fun, and Charles’ witty banter makes her one of my favorite authors. The book rollicks through dastardly deeds and swashbuckling sword fights. The convoluted politics in the middle-to-late section are a bit draggy, but I just let go of the details and went along for the ride.