Release Date: April 1, 2010
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
CHANGLESS is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Yes, I'm just getting acquainted with the sultry, Alexia Tarabotti-Maccon, and her handsome Alpha werewolf hub, Conall Maccon, and their crazy and usually sexy, adventures. Book 2 of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate took me to Scotland where I met the older Sidheag Maccon (Finishing School) and the rest of Conall's old pack. There's a lot of issues in Scotland from pack politics, family issues, assassination attempts, spies, and a slew of other stuff ranging from lover's quarrels, elopements, unrequited love, and an unexpected pregnancy.
CHANGELESS is so much fun! No wonder this series is such a hit and has become so iconic in this generation's Steampunk genre. GCarriger's wit is incomparable, the books have a sheen of silliness to it, but the characters deliver their crazy lines in straight faces (I'd imagine) and in such a matter-of-fact way, I have to double back several times just to make sure they're serious. I mean Ivy's hats and outfits alone turns haute couture on its head!
And amidst all the crazy adventures, I was a bit heartbroken in the end. I do understand why people are casting doubt on Alexia's integrity, but taking into consideration that she's Soulless and basically cancels out whatever supernatural characteristics one has in her presence, her pregnancy is very possible regardless of what Conall says or thinks. I guess I have to keep reading to find out if my theory is correct.