Changeless by Gail Carriger

Just finished reading the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series.  It’s difficult to review the second book in a series without giving away spoilers for anyone who hasn’t yet read the first book.  So, to quote the book jacket:

“Her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, is 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 trusy parasol, the latest fashions and an arsenal of biting civility.  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.”

Again, I really enjoyed Changeless although to be perfectly honest I probably didn’t find this quite as amusing as the first book which seemed to have a lot more lol moments but I still think the writing is brilliant and witty.

Alexia and her entourage find themselves in Scotland with Alexia trying to uncover the mystery surrounding the humanisation of the supernaturals – a phenomenon which seems to have travelled north at the same time as Lord Maccon.

This story brings us the same characters as the first book with the introduction of a new character in Madame Lefoux, an inventor, who puts me in mind of a female ‘M’ from the Bond movies and is a novel way of providing Alexia with the latest gadgets.

I’m not going to write a great deal more in this review – primarily for selfish reasons as I have book three waiting to be read and given the nature of the ending in book 2 I’m quite keen to see what happens next.

I’ve read a few of the reviews for Changeless and I can sympathise with the readers who aren’t overly fond of this type of ‘cliffhanger’ ending and perhaps I’m a bit more complacent because I already have book 3 in my possession (grins broadly!) but I really didn’t find the ending annoying at all and think it adds a new twist to Alexia and Connall’s relationship which should keep it from sliding into dull complacency.

On the whole highly enjoyable and I have no hesitation in picking up book three.

I suppose the only real criticisms for this book would be – not enough Lord Maccon (but I suppose that helps to keep you interested) and I suppose I found Ivy a bit too scatty in this book.

That being said, review over, must read Blameless….

Rating A.

 

Changeless, The Parasol Protectorate

Changeless, The Parasol Protectorate

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2 Responses to “Changeless by Gail Carriger”

  1. tinkerbelle86

    going to put it on my reading list 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Hi
      Excellent – have you read Soulless already? What did you think?

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