Friday, April 18, 2014

The Parasol Protectorate Book Three: Blameless

Blameless is the third book in the adult, steampunk, comedic supernatural series The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger.

Have you read Soulless and Changeless? If not – LOOK AWAY! Close this window, seriously! I do not want to be the cause of your spoilers.

Or read those reviews, instead.

Only continue reading my review of Blameless if you’ve read up to this point in the series. GOT IT?

Last warning…

Alexia, Lady Maccon, has returned home to her dreadful family. Everyone is astir, and then when the gossip comes out – as to why she is no longer living at Woolsey with her husband and his werewolf pack… well, it’s the scandal of the London season.

Having little experience defending herself when she is actually innocent, Alexia finds herself both numbed by her husband’s rejection and also terribly angry.

How dare he?!?

Of course, it may indeed be a fact that there is no known werewolf-sired pregnancy – as werewolves are technically dead – in all of their genealogy. Certainly that may lead others to believe Alexia was untrue to her husband in causing this infant-inconvenience…

But for Lord Maccon to believe such a thing himself?!?

Then the word spreads quickly enough for Queen Victoria to dismiss Alexia from her role in the Shadow Council, Lord Akeldama is missing after offering her a far better residence than her irritating blood relatives, and she is assaulted by murderous mechanized ladybugs.

Altogether, life is not good for Alexia currently.

Apparently, Lady Maccon’s delicate condition is of concern to the vampires. She flees to Italy to learn more about her own preternatural history and an explanation for what everyone believes is an impossible pregnancy.

Yet in Italy there are Templars… and despite their rather hilarious decision to wear nightgowns over their clothing, they seem quite dangerous...

Golly do I love these characters.

Was I happy with Lord Maccon at the beginning of Blameless? Quite not!! I was still smarting over the terrible surprise ending of Changeless. And so is Alexia, poor witty thing.

But danger is afoot almost immediately – and only in such a way as Gail Carriger can imagine it!

Without giving away too much, I will say that this third installment of The Parasol Protectorate is just too delightful, whimsical and amusement inducing! Despite missing the interaction between Conall and Alexia dearly, the happenings in Italy are both hysterical and intriguing.

There are most definitely some major bombshells and developments in Blameless!

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that only during Blameless did I make the link to Genevieve in The Parasol Protectorate to Genevieve in The Finishing School books! Wow, was I slow on the uptake there?! But what an awesome link!

Blameless
is a fun, joyful, entertaining third book. As it was a bit more frustrating (that darn stubborn werewolf Lord Maccon!!), on Goodreads you may notice I gave this one 4 stars instead of 5. But, really, I am no less a fan – and no less eager for the last two books!

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