Thursday Review: The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger


The Blurb: Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

The Parasol Protectorate is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

This bundle includes the whole series: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless.

I read the last three books in this series, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless, in such quick succession, I can’t exactly remember what event happened in what book. What I do know is that the books read extremely fast, so the pacing was great. The content was entertaining. The characters were fascinating. And the world was just plain fun. There were a few things that happened for the sake of pushing the plot forward and not a whole lot else (a trip to Italy comes to mind) but it was done with such tongue in cheek fun I didn’t even mind.

There’s not a lot I haven’t said about this series that I didn’t mention in the reviews for the first two books. If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted read, this is the book series for you. I can promise the series stays consistently good (pacing and such actually improves) as the series goes on. I’ll be reading the Finishing School books next, and I’m waiting on pins and needles for the Prudence series. If you like the supernatural, steampunk, or books set in England, check this series out. You won’t regret it.

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