Book Review: Blameless

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

Book Review: The Night Angel Series, books 1 & 2

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I’m baaaack! Did ya miss me? =P LOL

While the semester isn’t quite over, I think (I think) I have enough time to post semi regularly now. I mean, yeah, I have an exam in about 4 hours that I have yet to study for, but hey! This is more fun right?

So, first things first, I’ll be revamping format a little bit. With so much time off, my book count is going to be way off, so I’m going to take a break from that and start back up again in January. I’m also not going to be reviewing absolutely everything I read. I’m not sure how I’m going to chose which to review, because I don’t want to only review the things I think are fabulous, but I found it difficult to keep up with just because of the volume of books I was reading.

I’d also like to make the blog a little more interactive. To that end, I’m hoping to make regular posts (say at least once a week at first) where I introduce topics for discussion. The first is already planned, and I’m planning on having it up on Saturday, so please join me! =D

And finally on to the review:

The Way of Shadows and Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks

I’ve been working on these for a very long time. A friend of mine lent them to me to read just after I got back, because the library was shut the week I got back, and I was desperate for something. I am so glad she did!

The novels follow the story of Azoth aka Kylar Stern, who is training to become a wetboy – an assassin so good he doesn’t even call himself an assassin. That in itself I find an interesting concept. It is so very rare that we see a protagonist who is so easy to judge negatively. Why would we want to sympathize with a murderer? We don’t condone murder, and we’re not murderers so it should be very difficult. Yet at the same time, Weeks explains how and why Kylar makes his choices, and we can understand why he becomes an assassin. We even begin to relate to him in some ways. He falls in love against his master’s direct orders, and we feel so very sorry for him when his master finds out. In fact, that little love story is so cute!

But this series is no light romance in the face of adversity, and it is most definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Firstly, Kylar’s job just about guarantees enough gore to turn even the most hardened reader’s stomach. Second, this is most definitely a high fantasy, kings, wars, despotic and deranged bad guys and all. It was something I needed, and in the mood I was in, I just loved it.

So, I would definitely recommend this one to anyone up to the challenge of a high fantasy on the lines of the Wheel of Time series or The Lord of the Rings. On the other hand, if your taste in fantasy is all Harry Potter, all the time, then maybe not such a good idea.

Thanks for sticking with me through a too-long hiatus, and hope to see you around the blogosphere =D

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