Author: Gail Carriger.
Published: September 1st 2010.
Sort: Part 3 of ‘Parasol Protectorate’
Part 1: Soulless.
Part 2: Changeless.
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.
Again, filled with humor, great characters and a fast-paced action-filled plot.
I LOVED the drama. Things are spinning out of control and there is chaos everywhere. We have separate storylines, but they all come together in the end. Lord Akeldama, a character I adore, tries to find his stolen object. When they find out who is behind it, the true mystery starts to unravel. Vampires are trying to kill Alexia, because they are afraid for her.
The biological background in this story, explained by a very strange German man, was fantastic. I was fascinated by his concept of being a supernatural/soulless. This explains why the Templars are keeping Alexia captive. It’s a shame that Italy wasn’t explored that much, but the idea that she was there was nice.
I liked the characters, like always. Even when she is turned down by her husband, hunted by vampires and mechanical bugs, scandalized in the news and locked in a prison, Alexia’s spirit doesn’t break. She stays calm and strong. I like how realistic her feelings were towards Lord Maccon and how she is trying to show him that she is right. She would love to rub him the truth in his face, but she is still able to forgive him. I liked to see how he changes. His initial reaction, mostly out of fear, turns into shame when he realizes that he is wrong. It's obvious that he loves Alexia and I like their dynamic.
Can’t wait for part 4!