Author: Gail Carriger.
Published: April 1st 2010.
Sort: Part 2 of Parasol Protectorate.
Part 1: Soulless.
Alexia Tarabotti, 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. 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.
It is safe to read this review if you haven’t read Soulless.
Alexia is married to Lord Maccon, the grumpy Alpha werewolf. One day, he just disappears and Alexia is left with a supernatural army camping in her garden. She soon finds out that there is an area where supernatural lose their supernaturalness. Alexa discovers that her husband took off to Scotland, his original country, to visit his old pack. There are rumors that this pack might have something to do with the area.
I really liked where the plot was going to and I wasn’t disappointed by the conclusion. Carriger created a mysterious feeling and I was eager to find out what was causing this effect to supernaturals. The ending was shocking and made me want to dive into part 3 right away.
Alexia belongs to a list of favorite characters. Witty, smart and strong. Her I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude is awesome and it brings her in some difficult situations. During her flight to Scotland, someone is trying to murder her. She deals with that fact like someone just ate her favorite cookie: a bit disappointed, but nothing she can’t handle. I love how she keeps her head cool, but being a soulless does that to a person. Despite the fact that she doesn’t have a soul, she does have feelings. I love her chemistry with her husband. They are a perfect match and completely up against each other. Lord Maccon is a very attractive, strong and intelligent man. He is protective over Alexia (not that she needs it) and he has the same don’t-care stance. Like: walking around naked while he has visitors after his transformation. I don’t think I would mind, haha.
There are some other great side-kicks as well. We see some old friends, but I was fascinated by the new castmember: Madame LeFoux. She dresses like a man and she is a scientist. Hidden under her hat store is a place where she crafts machines and she makes a weapon for Alexia: a parasol with hidden weapons. Madame LeFoux is a lesbian woman and I love how she flirted by Alexia – I’d almost ship them together. What I really appreciated is the fact that all cliché's are left behind. Carriger doesn’t try to focus on the lesbian aspect, it’s just part of her character.