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Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2010

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"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse."― io9.com on Soulless

"The dialogue is as smart and snappy as ever, full of intelligent humor and artful verbal sparring."―All Things Urban Fantasy on Changeless

"A tapestry that is simultaneously witty, charming, exhilarating and downright fun."―fantasyliterature.com on Blameless

"This is as much fun as the previous two books."―Charlaine Harris on Blameless

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).
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Product Details

  • Series: The Parasol Protectorate (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; First Edition first Printing edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316074152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316074155
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went into this seriously hoping that this book would redeem the godawful cliffhanger in the last one, because up to that point I'd really enjoyed the series. And I don't mean godawful in the sense of I hate cliffhangers, I mean godawful as in who has their primary love interest go off on their wife like that and expect them to remain sympathetic? Especially when the reason for her apparent infidelity is so painfully obvious that it's obvious to everyone with half a brain?

Nope. It didn't. It's quite literally one of the worst mishandled bungle of a relationship I have ever seen. First Maccon spends the first quarter of the book being hit with the stupid stick in order to be a drunken jackass to everyone around him while his pregnant wife is in danger. Obviously, this was necessary for the plot to advance to get Alexia into Italy, but there had to be a better way of doing that than making your heroine's romance interest into an unmitigated asshat. By the time he disappeared from most of the book, I was glad enough to see him gone. Then...well, I won't go into details because it would be spoilery. Suffice to say that I would have thrown the book across the room at the reconciliation scene if I hadn't been reading it on my iPad. It may, in fact, be the least satisfactory reconciliation scene ever. Honestly, I half read it as an abusive relationship at this point. Certainly, I'd have a hard time believing that Maccon holds Alexia in any great regard after this. He may love her in his own way and he certainly desires her, but I don't believe he has any respect for her at all.

I enjoyed the rest of this, and I'm sure everyone who enjoyed the first two would as well.
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** SPOILERS ahead of book #2 `Changeless' **

Gail Carriger's second instalment of the Parasol Protectorate ended on a doozy of a cliff-hanger. At the end of `Changeless' our buxom heroine discovered she was pregnant, and her werewolf husband Conall Maccon accused her of infidelity and kicked her out of his house.

When `Blameless' begins Alexia is living in the aftermath of scandal. She has become the talk of London town for Conall's abandonment, and when word gets out about Alexia's delicate condition, she is kicked out of her mother's house too. Everyone is convinced that Alexia was unfaithful to Lord Maccon because he is a werewolf and therefore dead, and thereby unable to procreate. But everyone seems to be forgetting that Alexia Tarabotti is a prenatural soulless - the first female soulless in history, and therefore an anomaly.

Desperate to prove everyone (namely Conall) wrong about the legitimacy of her unborn child, Alexia decides to travel to Italy and uncover information about her prenatural self.

Gail Carriger's books are a breath of fresh air. Her `Parasol Protectorate' series is historical paranormal romance with a healthy dose of Steampunk. In a word: `fabulous'. Gail Carriger is probably the most unique voice in the paranormal genre to date, and she continues her magnificence in `Blameless'.

This instalment sees Alexia Tarabotti in the uncomfortable quandary of being abandoned and pregnant. But Alexia is a heroine made of tough stuff, with a backbone of steel and enviable etiquette. In `Blameless' Alexia really shines and proves her mettle - she faces down London gossip-mongers, nightgown-wearing Templars, rampaging vampires and killer ladybugs.
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Blameless continues the story of Alexia Tarabotti, advisor to the Queen and married to one of the hunkiest werewolves around. After the cliffhanger ending of Changeless, I was really looking forward to this one! While this installment of the series is still full of all the snappy dialogue, fun steampunk elements and fantastic supernatural action, to me it was still missing something. Lord Maccon makes only very brief appearances in this one. He spends most of the story being inebriated and wallowing in self-pity and depression. The reader misses out on the interaction between the couple because they spend most of the story in different countries. Instead, we are introduced to some new characters that aren't all that memorable. Alexia is adventuring this time with Floote and Madame Lefoux, both characters we are familiar with, but both ill suited to providing the humor and back and forth banter evident in previous volumes of the series. This one sorely misses Ivy and even Alexia's annoying sisters. They provided perfect foils for Alexia's rapier sharp wit, and sadly only had minor roles in this story.

The character of Professor Lyall was prominent, and I enjoyed the sub plots involving the vampire intrigue and the Professor's efforts to keep the pack together in the face of Lord Maccon's constant state of drunkenness. As to the resolution of the cliffhanger, I don't want to be a spoiler so I will say only that things are set up for a very intriguing next installment of the series. My hope is that next time around Lord Maccon gets his act together. I didn't really like where the author went with his character. I was disappointed in what he did and in Alexia's quick forgiveness. But then again, maybe she hasn't totally forgiven him yet... Time will tell. All in all, still a very fun installment of the series with enough action to keep the pages turning, but not quite enough humor and verve to make it as enjoyable as the previous installments.
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