Book Review: Blameless

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Series: Parasol Protectorate #3
Published by in 2010
Genres: ,
Pages: 374
Source: ,

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.

My Review:

I always find it so hard to find things to say about a sequel without spoiling the first (or second) of the series. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the Parasol Protectorate is an epic steampunk series, set in a Victorian England where the supernatural is every day. I don’t think I ended up reviewing the first two last fall, so first I’m just going to say, I love this world. Carriger has really done her research on this time period, and thought long and hard about how the society would have been different in this situation. The world is vividly described and makes me wish I lived during that time – to me that’s the best indicator of good world building. If I want to live there (no matter how awful the situations in the story are) you’ve done a really good job.

The other thing I loved, especially about this specific novel in the series, is that when I finished, I wanted to go get out my WIP and write. I wanted to build my world because I was so inspired by Carriger’s world building. I can’t write right now because of school, but it was a near thing. It is a very rare thing for me to feel that after reading a novel – usually I just want to read more – and I would like to thank Gail Carriger for giving me that inspiration. 

I had a feeling that this novel is really setting up the next book. We finally get some interesting facts about Alexia’s condition that seem to be setting up something bigger, and I can’t wait until the next one comes out to find out how she is going to resolve this. At the same time, I don’t want it to end, because being without new stories for this world will be very upsetting. I might even have to write my own new stories once it’s finished!

If you haven’t read this series, you must, must, must find yourself a copy of Soulless NOW!

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