September 18, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Series: Parasol Protectorate 3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Purchased 
Genre: Steampunk | Paranormal Fantasy

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.

BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Since a lot of you have either read or are familiar with Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, I'll make this quick. I won't get too much into the great writing, witty narrative, silly yet still sensible conflicts, unforgettable characters, and whimsical and atmospheric feel of the series overall. It's no wonder the spin-offs, Finishing School and The Custard Protocol, has a solid, if not bigger, following than its parent series. GCarriger is one of those exemplary writers who dominates the genre. 

BLAMELESS picks up where Changeless left off. The Maccons are having some marital crisis in that Alexia's pregnant by her werewolf husband and that's simply impossible. So off to Italy goes our preternatural heroine while our Alpha is in Scotland, drowning his sorrows in formaldehyde because werewolves can't get drunk on normal alcohol like us humans.

Per usual, BLAMELESS is yet another exciting installment. The series as a whole has a lot going on for it from supernatural politics, developing and evolving friendships, to Alexia's preternatural nature. There's still more to her nature that GCarriger is slowly revealing and I'm very intrigued about Alexia's father. Mr. Tarabotti apparently lived quite a colorful life which makes me a little sad that he's dead. He would've been a wonderful addition to the already curious cast. 

Parasol Protectorate is definitely a classic. Maybe too young to be considered at such, but it has that timeless feel about it. The humor is spot-on and GCarriger's writing style is divinely engaging. The dead-pan dialogue never fails to make me chuckle and even when the situation is serious, there's still a comedic element to it. 

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  1. I haven't finished the series yet but I've read several of her books and always enjoy the dialogue and humor.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  2. I need to read this series. This series sounds like something that I would enjoy.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. I really enjoyed this one as well. I need to finish the series I think I have the last book to read

  4. I miss this series, it was so fun

  5. I own some of these books in my shelf but I keep on passing them by everytime. Steampunk is just not my preferred genre.

  6. I own some of these books in my shelf but I keep on passing them by everytime. Steampunk is just not my preferred genre.

  7. You read this so fast! I'm eager to read this series. It sounds so fantastic and that's saying a lot because I don't do steampunk. Lol.

  8. Glad you're loving Alexia's adventures, sis! I loved the most recent Custard Protocol book SO much! The humor in all of Carriger's books is just top-notch; I'm looking forward to her next novella release!

  9. As soon as I'm done with her Finishing School, I'm gonna start this series.

  10. I haven't read this author but this seems like an interesting book.

  11. Just read book one this summer and hope to finish the series soon. Thanks for reminding me why I loved it.

  12. Oh theses sound fab I haven't heard of them before

  13. I'm not a huge fan of steampunk... mainly because I just don't understand it and can't seem to get into it, but this series always grabs my attention.

  14. I STILL need to read these books, or anything by this author. I've wanted to for years so you have me realizing I really need to get on it soon.


  15. The witty narrative makes this sound like a series I should check out!

  16. Woohoo! I need to pick these up soon. Loved the YA ones. Just waiting for the audios to get in at the library :)


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