The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Does anyone remember the 1982 film called, “The Pirate Movie?” This book kind of reminds me of that, except better. It’s anachronistic, full of tropes, self-mocking, and hilarious. It also works as an adventure story, and yes, it includes pirates. At the end, the author includes some notes on her research to make clear what is historically accurate and what isn’t.

It also includes tons of representation. My favorite is the protagonist’s sister, who displays all of the characteristics of a classic hero. For example, when the gentlemen are fainting at the sight of blood, she’s sewing up her own wounds.

This was well worth the read.

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