Friday, January 17, 2014 books

by Gail Carriger

Changeless is the second book in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series!
You don't have to read Soulless before reading this one
but I highly recommend it!

First sentence:
They are what?”

Alexia Maccon, 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. So 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.
Changeless is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
It is a Gail Carriger Steampunk novel – do I really have to tell you how amazing it is? Whatever, I'll tell you anyway!

Changeless is the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series and starts shortly after where we left Alexia at the end of Soulless. Married to Conall Maccon, werewolf, head of BUR and Alpha to the Woolsey pack, Alexia tries to adapt to living between a pack of werewolves and to her new position in Queen Victoria's Shadow Council. She also has to deal with her friend Ivy Hisselpenny, who is fond of extremely ugly hats and one of the Woolsey pack claviger, and a strange plague like illness that affects all the London paranormals for just one day. Due to this plague werewolves can not change, ghosts get exorcised and vampires become human.

Alexia is still the head-strong female leader who is curious, sometimes more than it's good for her, interested in new inventions and is not told what to do from anyone. Since being the alpha female of a pack of werewolves she might have become even more head-strong than before.

When her husband leaves for a trip back to his home ground Scotland without even saying goodbye to her (a big mistake) she and a whole entourage set up North by dirigible. Not only is Alexia accompanied by her maid, her husband's claviger, Ivy and her sister but also by Madame Lefoux, a French inventor about which she is not sure. Alexia likes her but she is still French and does not reveal too much about herself which makes Alexia wary.

As all of Gail Carriger's books Changeless is also set in Victorian London featuring many steampunk elements and wins you over with a wonderful way storyline and fascinating characters. For me this series is the perfect mixture of paranormal and steampunk and if you are not sure you would like full-on paranormal stories try one of Gail's books first. It will give you a glimpse into a fascinating and amazing world.

The books in the Parasol Protectorate series are:
  • Soulless (read my review here)
  • Changeless
  • Blameless
  • Heartless
  • Timeless
For more information about Gail Carriger visit her Homepage, Blog, Facebook or Twitter page.

No comments:

Post a Comment