Series: Parasol Protectorate #3
Published by Recorded Books on September 1, 2010
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Steam-Punk
Source: Owned Audible Book
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.<!--EndFragment-->
BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Back to the audiobooks! I enjoy this series, but they’re even better in audio format. I listened to the first book, then bought the first 3 books in the series during a special sale for my Kindle. So I read book 2 recently, and it was good, but I missed the narration that had really brought Carriger’s characters to life.
Like Alexis in Blameless, I’m a bit peeved with Lord Maccon. Also, like her, I can’t help but miss them being together. Not only is she pregnant (with the infant inconvenient), Alexis is once more in mortal peril. The supernaturals aren’t particularly pleased with her condition. Just when it seem Lork Akeldama would help her recover from being tossed out of her husband’s house and rescue her from her family’s home, the charming vampire goes on the run. Instead, Alexis ends up on a strange journey, along with Madame Lefoux and Foote, to Italy in search of answers about her pregnancy. Back in in England, Maccon is drinking embalming fluid and leaving all the hard stuff for his Beta to figure out (drunk werewolves are the best!).
The journey to Italy was full of danger and action and I loved seeing the Alexis, Lefoux and Foote kick some ass- especially Foote, since I picture him as the Head Butler on Downton Abbey. As much as I love Alexis and Maccon, I really enjoy the secondary characters, they really add color and liveliness to the plot!
My favorite part of the book was Prof. Lyall’s search and rescue of Biffy- I love both characters- the reserved Beta werewolf and the flamboyant vampire drone. The scenes toward the end with Lork Akeldama and Biffy were particularly touching, but then every scene is better with Lord Akeldama.
Emily Gray’s narration of this series is wonderful to listen to! I can’t imagine not continuing this series on audio, because they are good in print but even better when read aloud. Gray is a narrator worth listening to and I look forward to hearing her read me the rest of Alexis and company’s tales.