Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blameless by Gail Carriger

Blameless is the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series and in it: all Hell breaks lose. Lady Alexia Maccon has been chucked out on the street by her husband so she returns to her parents' home, which lasts until they realize that her husband chucked her out, so she then turns to one of her supernatural friends who will not be troubled by her current social pariah status, Lord Akeldama, but when she arrives at his home- she finds it nearly empty. Wonderful! What is she to do? Return to Italy, her father's homeland, of course. Blameless takes us on a crazy journey across the European continent from England to Italy as Alexia tries to find a safe place to hide out while things get even crazier back in London. Alexia flees England with Madame Lefoux and Floote, her late father's butler who has remained loyal to her. As they race across Europe in search of Italy and the Templars, they are chased by vampires who are out to stop her at all costs. Meanwhile, back in London, Lord Maccon drinks himself silly using the formaldehyde in Professor Lyall's specimen collection, leaving the professor to try and keep the pact running smoothly on his own. Alexia and her companions make it to the Templars but will they actually help her or are they just another group who wants to kill and or study her- that really is the question.

Blameless really picked up the pace. It's a fast paced race for her life across Europe with vampires attacking at every turn. There are also the little subplots of the werewolves and Lord Akeldama. It is really a lot like an Agatha Christie novel in that there is so much going on that you don't see the little twists and turns in the plot coming at you until they're right in your face. I think that this was also in some ways my least favorite of the three books so far. Mainly, Alexia was made vulnerable and because it is difficult for her, it makes things difficult for the reader. It was also off-putting to be reminded of the short comings of the Victorian Era. Alexia loses EVERYTHING when her husband makes a stupid assumption which ruins her reputation. The injustice of it is just galling to me. It really makes you want to smack Conall Maccon around. The moron. The book also left you hanging at the end a bit, Lord Maccon comes sweeping in, saving his wife and begging her forgiveness, but then- it ends. What happens next?! I know I want to know!! This semi-satisfying ending really left me wanting the next book, Heartless, which releases on June 28th.

Blameless earns 5 Fairies for an epic steampunk journey across Europe.

Remember, you can keep up to date with Gail on her BLOG, follow her on Twitter, and you can pre-order Heartless on Amazon. Make sure you check out her blog because she has TONS of information on Steampunkery!! I could spend DAYS looking through it all! Love it!

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