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Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2012

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"Readers will undoubtedly be content with how this charming series wraps up."―SciFi Now on Timeless

"Spectacular debut novel...a real page-turner."―RT Book Reviews on Soulless

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

"A delightfully fun supernatural comedy of manners, with a refreshing romance thrown in - and a highly promising first novel."―Locus on Soulless

"Delivers what readers have come to expect: witty style paired with globe-spanning Victorian derring-do."―RT Book Reviews on Timeless

"Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series beautifully blends together alternate history, steampunk and paranormal romance into stories that are witty, engaging and fun."―Kirkus on Timeless

"The world of Timeless is a unique recipe of steampunk and fantasy spiced with light sprinkling of romance. Its setting is rich for characters to romp about in, but the unbridled playfulness of the language and dialogue shines brightest."―Miami Herald on Timeless

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

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316127183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316127189
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Parasol Protectorate series has just kept getting better as it's gone along, and 'Timeless' did not disappoint me. I think it's the best of the series. All of the characters are handled well, Carriger's descriptions are both vivid and precise, and her dialogue, as always, sparkles with wit and humour. Like the rest of the series, this is steampunk with a fine froth and a sense of humour.

'Timeless' jumps two years forward from 'Heartless', two years that have been peaceful -- well, as peaceful as anything is likely to get in the Maccon household. Then Alexia gets, by way of the local vampire queen, a summons to appear with her daughter in Alexandria (yes, the one in Egypt) before Matakara, the oldest vampire living. At the same time, Sidhaeg -- Conall's multi-great-granddaughter and Alpha of his old Scottish pack -- shows up, looking for her missing Beta, who had been in Egypt on a mission for her. The Beta reappears, but gets murdered before he can get more than a few words out to Alexia. So Alexia packs up her family -- and the Tunstells and their acting troupe -- and heads out via steamer (werewolves being notoriously poor floaters). From there, the story whirls through a sequence of mishaps, supernatural political entanglements, and strange occurrences. The action clips along at a great pace, both in Alexandria and back at home, as the Maccons abroad and the wolf pack back at home both try to sort out the mystery of the God-Breaker Plague.

The really great thing here is Carriger's ability to not forget character development admist all the action. For a lot of the book, that really shines in Biffy and Lyall, though we do get a fair bit out of Alexia and Conall as well.
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*Very minor spoilers included, although nothing that should ruin the story for a new reader*

I enjoyed this book in the way that I enjoy watching an old movie on a rainy day. It was comfortable and nice to catch up with an old friend. However, reading a new book, even one late in a series, shouldn't feel so rote. It should be exciting, and I should be looking forward to seeing what happens. The problem was that I felt like I already knew what was going to happen and none of it was all that remarkable or interesting.

Let's start with the good. I found Prudence and her unique abilities to be entertaining. The irreverent attitude that Alexia has for the "infant inconvenience" was still funny for me; it's loving with a complete lack of romanticism, something utterly alien to most modern readers. Alexia seemed a bit softer in this book and more relatable, although it almost veered a little too much from the Alexia we've grown to love. Seeing Akeldama bested by a toddler during bath time was also quite fun. There were also lots of wonderful Ivy moments, and her storyline was one of the few things I truly enjoyed about the book. I loved it, actually.

Now for the bad. Quite a bit of this book is told in Biffy's POV, and I absolutely hated it. Don't get me wrong, I adore Biffy as a supporting character, but I just didn't enjoy him in a more central role. He's too much of a stereotype to be a sympathetic lead for me. I also did not like the Biffy/Professor Lyall romance. I know a lot of others liked it, but it just didn't work for me for several reasons. 1: A good part of PL's appeal was his mystery, and placing him into a first-hand love scene stripped him of any of that. 2: There was pretty much no build-up to the romance.
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Gail Carriger's first -- "Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)" -- enchanted me only a few pages in. Werewolfs, vampires, dirigibles and a heroine who is soulless -- a preternatural -- but who wields a mean parasol, a smart mouth, and enjoys an appetite for food? What's not to love? Witty repartee, snark, and just plain funny dialogue abound in Carriger's novels. But the fifth novel -- Timeless -- not so much.

Carriger's take on supernaturals (vamps, weres, ghosts, etc.) is lively and original. Alexia Tarabotti's husband, Lord Conall Maccon, is the powerful (but very old) Alpha of a large wolfpack in London. Her dear friend Lord Akeldama, an ancient vampire who speaks in italics, is head of a style-setting group of young, fashionable, and quietly intelligent male vampires. He is also, for safety's sake, adoptive co-parent of Alexia and Conall's toddler daughter. Friends Ivy and Tunstell have somehow become the toast of London's theatre. Who knew?

I followed Alexia Tarabotti, et al, through Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate), Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate), and Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate), with their cliffhanger endings but the final book:
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