Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Book Review: Blameless
Book 3 in the Parasol Protectorate series
AUTHOR: Gail Carriger
GENRE: urban fantasy, historical fiction, drama, romance
PREMISE: Alexia travels to Italy to see the Templars in the hopes of finding answers for her surprise pregnancy.
MY REVIEW: In the latest installment of the excellent Parasol Protectorate series Alexia has been cast out from the wolf pack because Conall believes she cheated. Her family and the rest of society follows suit. Determined to find answers (and prove Conall wrong) Alexia, along with Floote and Madame Lefoix travel to Italy to meet the Templars who might give her answers and to flee public scrutiny as well as vampires who suddenly want her dead. Meanwhile poor Lyall has to deal with a drunk Conall as well as a mysteriously missing Lord Akeldama.
For some reason people on Goodreads say this is a let down in the series and that it's gone down hill since book one. Um...what? How on earth is this series going downhill? I will give that the pregnancy thing was slightly dragged out and silly but it still played out much better then similar plots in other series such as say Twilight with Breaking Dawn. Plus this book had one or two interesting twists such as what happened with Biffy (can't wait to see the fallout that comes from that. Hopefully this means more Lord Akeldama/Professor Lyall interaction? ;is a shameless shipper of these two;). Now if you're reading this series purely for Alexia/Conall action then yes, this book is probably a let down because they hardly interact at all until the very end. But I think there's tons more reasons to enjoy this book other then just that relationship. Such as the fantastic writing that is hilarious, many many awesome side characters (such as Madame Lefoix and Professor Lyall) and really interesting world building.
So sorry, but I think this was yet another great installment. While one or two things might have been better off changed it's still the fun, hilarious, awesome series I fell in love with in book one. I cannot wait for the fourth book, Heartless which comes out in July.
WHO SHOULD READ: Those that have read the first two books, Jane Austen fans, urban fantasy/steampunk fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five frilly dresses