Published by Orbit on March 1st 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Steam-Punk
Source: Owned Audible Book
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly.
Until, that is, she receives a summons that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?TIMELESS is the final book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.The Parasol ProtectorateSoullessChangelessBlamelessHeartlessTimeless
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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 Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
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.
I am glad to report that the final book in the Parasol Protectorate does not suffer the Scrappy Doo syndrome. The addition of Lord and Lady Maccon’s daughter into the plot was, in my opinion at least, adorable. There’s a bit of a time jump from the last book, so the baby isn’t a newborn and Alexis is back in fine fighting form.
I admit to having some reserves going into this book- by far my least favorite book of the series was book #3, which took place mostly in Italy, so I was even less thrilled to be traveling to Egypt to delve even more into the God Breaker Curse plague, but it worked for me. I loved the way the minor characters really came to the forefront- from Lord Maccon’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great granddaughter, to Floote’s mysterious past, to Biffy finally coming into his own, to Lyall, to IVY! There was just so much goodness here, so much excitement and so much story for our characters to wallow in.
Another thing to confess- I teared up at the end. Because I wasn’t really ready to part from this series. I know, I can read about Prudence’s adventures, which I am looking forward to, but it won’t be quite the same.
Emily Gray is just truly superb! I think that might be why I loved Prudence so much, because Gray made me like her by giving her so much personality in so few words. I’ll miss her narrating Alexis Maccon’s antics, but I look forward to listening to Gray read other novels!