When Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, our favourite metanatural, scores a dirigible from her beloved adopted vampire father, she and a motley crew head off to India to source the perfect blend of tea. Naturally she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and just as naturally she manages to prevail against the odds.
Author: Gail Carriger
It has been a massive journey to get to the final novel in the Parasol Protectorate series – at times a delight and other times like a slog. This novel takes place a couple of years after Heartless which should have given Carriger plenty of plot fodder. Unfortunately there isn’t much of one. It is still worthwhile wrapping up the series but it doesn’t have the same oomph that the earlier books did. The focus of this novel is Prudence, Alexia & Connell’s daughter rather than Alexia. She is able to take on the characteristics of any supernatural that […]
Alexia is back to investigating unnatural supernatural events and as usual, chaos ensues. She may be eight months pregnant but when a ghost warns her someone is after Queen Victoria, Alexia puts her monarch’s life before that of her unborn child. I am still invested in the series but what once had me chortling now only elicits a smile. The majority of this novel centres around the new breed of secondary characters and not really saving Queen Vic’s life. Alexia has forgiven Connall but I have not so their behaviour doesn’t really set my heart aflame. My beloved Lyall […]
Life is rough for our dynamic duo. Alexia’s condition has caused her husband to cruelly reject her and Queen Victoria to turn her nose up at her (as only she can). To top it off, she is attacked by maniacal mechanical ladybugs. This is far too much for a lady to bear and she toddles off to Italy to hunt down the Templars. Lord Maccon on the other hand drinks himself into a stupor and we don’t see too much of him. I couldn’t really find myself mourning this loss because Professor Lyall steps in and rallies the pack. […]
The indomitable and soulless Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, is back in another delightful romp through steampunk Victorian England. Once again the supernaturals are feeling the pressure when all of them within a certain radius are turned human. Is it a plague or is it something more sinister? Queen Victoria is not amused and demands Alexia find the cause. Alexia can’t rely on her husband, who happens to be a werewolf alpha, as he toddles up to Scotland to deal with his family. Whatever has caused the nullifying effect follows him. Alexia follows the trail up north with a large […]
Soulless was my first foray into the world of steampunk and it was quite a journey. This book is equal parts philosophical musings, Victorian etiquette minutiae, Gothic tropes and paranormal romance. At times the transitions between these sections can be a little clunky and even disorientating. In our opening pages Miss Alexia Tarabotti is attacked by a hungry, lisping vampire at a society ball. Rather than shrieking or attempting to flee like any normal Victorian female, Alexia grabs him by his nostrils and shoves him. She then whacks him repeatedly with her parasol after trading pithy comments, dispatches him. I knew […]