Posts Tagged ‘Victorian werewolves’
Timeless starts up about two years after the end of Heartless. Alexia and her husband are still living in Lord Akeldama’s second-best closet to allow them to participate in their daughter, Prudence’s, upbringing with her adoptive vampire father. Life is normal for everyone, well, as normal as living with a toddler able to steal the magic of others temporary turn into, for example, a toddler vampire or tiny werewolf, can be.
But trouble is brewing, and Alexia is summoned to Alexandria. Why does the most powerful vampire in the world want to see Lady Maccon? And will the Egyptians know how to properly prepare tea?
Timeless brings the Parasol Protectorate series to a satisfying close while leaving enough room in the writing-sandbox for the new YA series involving Prudence. Major plot threads, like Alexia’s father, are resolved. Prudence is a delightful addition to the story, bringing humor to the story. Some of the supporting characters, like Biffy and Floote the Butler, play bigger roles to good effect.
Author: Gail Carriger.
Source: Purchased (E-book)
Read: February 2012
For years, I would have said the Sookie Stackhouse series were my guilty-pleasure reads, but I’d know I’d say the Parasol Protectorate/Alexia Tarabotti series has taken the Southern Vampire series place on my bookshelf. These novels are simply fun: witty, entertaining. The novels are full of eccentric characters, and the supporting cast around Alexia makes the novels. Plus the series is a (gentle) parody of historical novels . . . with steampunk elements. And werewolves. And vampires. What’s not to like?
As I said in my review of Soulless, I can’t let myself contemplate some of the ins and outs of Alexia being “soulless”, as logically it doesn’t always hold up. The world of these books, however, generally holds up.
The storyline of Blameless is dependent upon Changeless, and so in some ways the books have one long story arc although a smaller mystery is resolved in each novel. Carriger clearly laid the groundwork for more novels and it will interesting to see how the series plays out.
Author: Gail Carriger
Date Read: February 2011
Source: Public Library