Blameless by Gail Carriger

So, just finished reading book 3 in the Parasol Protectorate series.  As in my last review I will try not to give away any spoilers in this one.

Book 3 sees the ever so stubborn Alexia set out on a mission to prove herself right and, more to the point, her husband wrong (not really much of a challenge for Alexia methinks).  The latest book sees Alexia travelling with Floote and Madame Lefoux and passing through France into Italy meeting a couple of interesting characters along the way and deftly handling a couple of skirmishes (with the assistance of a mysterious little helper).

Alexia is under constant threat in this book be it either from over zealous scientists, supernaturals or bug shaped gadgets and this helps to maintain a stream of constant action.  And, added to this, we have the introduction of the Templars into the story.

What can I say about this book!  I loved it.  This whole series is, for me, just so unique, tongue in cheek and witty.  In the third book I loved the further development of the characters, in fact, personally, I think the characters by far outweigh any plot.  This story starts to see the real pulling together of friendships and loyalty.  These are no longer just people loosely written about as supporting characters but people who are looking after each other and who are beginning to come alive in terms of their own backgrounds and personalities.  None of Alexia’s true friends or pack ever doubted her integrity and as soon as her thick skulled husband stopped wallowing around in self pity (not to mention pickled specimens) he also came to the rapid conclusion that he was a nitwit!!

All the previous characters again star in this story (although given that there are by now a few favourites some of these obviously play a more diminished role).

There is, also, a little bit of everything going on in this sleuth like story, adventure, paranormal romance (although be warned Conall and Alexia have very little time together in this story), mystery, steam punk, history, gadgets, chases, (shall I go on??)  I guess if you’re expecting a lot more of the biting (literally) relationship between Alexia and Conall – then you might be disappointed although I didn’t find that to be the case.  I think Alexia is a great character who is totally capable of carrying the story.  Obviously I like the romantic elements but I did worry about this becoming the main focus for the story and also that Alexia and Conall would relax into some sort of comfortable married relationship and I’m pleased that this has not proved to be the case.  I must confess that I’m intrigued to see how GC will handle the next developments in this relationship.

Anyway, I don’t suppose I can be any more eloquent about my feelings for this series than reading all three books within the space of a  week.  Actually I’m a little distraught now because I have a bit of a wait for the next one – shot myself in the foot a bit there with my hasty reading but I simply couldn’t resist so I guess I’ll now have to find out for myself if patience really is a virtue.

Criticisms – don’t really have any – I guess Alexia was pretty quickly forgiving of Conall but I can get over this – they’re in love after all and they’re going to have an up and down relationship – he’s a werewolf after all!

I even love the little gargoyle chap on the front cover.

Enough gushing.  If you’re looking for a great combination of action, adventure and paranormalcy wittingly told with genuine laugh out loud moments then I have no hesitation in recommending this series (but must stress again the ‘tongue in cheekness’ of this series).

Rating A+

 

Blameless (Parasol Protectorate)

Blameless (Parasol Protectorate)

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One Response to “Blameless by Gail Carriger”

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