3rd Book in the Parasol Protectorate
Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.
Ok So I am biased towards Steam punk but I’m loving this series. Lady Alexia Maccon is soulless, forever denied an eternal home because she was born without a soul; her touch renders super naturals (vampires and werewolves) human for a period.
In the first book Soulless, Alexia meets her mate in Scottish Earl Lord Maccon who is THE Alpha werewolf. I like Ms Carriger’s werewolves. They are loud, sometimes obnoxious, somewhat refined (well they have to be to survive in Victorian times) and what I always thought a werewolf should be.
In Changeless, Alexia in her role as Special Advisor to Queen Victoria sets out to find out where her husband went and to find out what is causing the supernatural set to become human. A feat which until now only some one of Alexia’s unique abilities has been able to do
Blameless starts where Changeless left off. Alexia was banished from her husband’s house because she is pregnant. It was explained in both Soulless and Changeless not all that werewolves can procreate but as with everything when it comes to Alexia, she breaks the mould. Her family is horrified by the scandal and they proceed to banish her as well. She is now on a mission to prove that Conall (her husband) is wrong.
This leads to her going to Italy and finding out things about her father that she never knew. Also some unpleasant side effects of being Soulless and pregnant to boot. It seems everyone but her husband wants a little piece of her.
This book had some great Steam punk elements. I found myself wishing for a parasol just like Alexia’s but I would not mind a side serving of ladybugs. Alexia is a strong character and the difference between her and many Victorian heroes out there is that she did not lose her spunk when she got married. If anything, she becomes stronger and more definite of the traditional norms.
I was disappointed that there was not more interaction between Alexia and Conall because whenever those characters are together there is much to enjoy. Their interactions are the stuff that makes this series outstanding for me. However, I must admit I did like the descriptions of Conall drunk on formaldehyde and how he got the said alcohol.
I am looking forward to Heartless the next installment of this series.