Changeless and Blameless by Gail Carriger
Since these are both part of a series, Parasol Protectorate, I thought I’d review them together! I borrowed the first book from a co-worker back at Barnes & Noble, who suggested that I might like the series. It’s steam-punk, Victorian London, and our independent, brass, and very Italian heroine needs no saving, she can do that by herself, thank you very much! The second and third book follow the romance between Alexia and her now husband. (Wont spoil who!)
Once again Alexia finds herself embroiled in the supernatural world, now even more heavily involved in vampire and werewolf politics. There is a concerning problem afoot though, something is causing all supernaturals in the area to loose their powers, making them mortal, and causing all ghosts to become exorcised. She’s determined to find the cause, although so are a lot of other people working behind the scenes, and some want to find out for heinous purposes. We also get to meet some new characters in the second and third books that I positively love, one being, Madame Lefoux, a hat shop owner who is a lot more than meets the eye!
The second book leaves us with a twist and a cliff hanger that changes everything, which brings us to the third book. Now Alexia has been publicly shamed, slandered, and it seems that vampires are after her life. (A constant struggle of hers) The situation at hand forces her out of England and to the land her father was born in, Italy. It also leads her to the Templars, a religious group of soldiers who are constantly at war with the supernaturals, killing all that enter Italy. She’s been warned not to get mixed up with them, but they may have the answers to questions that are eating her up inside, and who else could she possible ask?
The story is getting more complex and interesting as it goes along. I could do with more smut, but I’ll take the fluffy romance instead. I can’t complain. I never really thought I’d enjoy the steam-punk genre, the writing does seem a bit immature (I can’t find the exact word, immature isn’t it, but I don’t know what is!) at times and certain sentences leave me rolling my eyes, but I still enjoy the story as a whole and I am determined to finish it! There are two more books in the Parasol Protectorate series that I haven’t read yet: Heartless and Timeless, and then there is a new series that takes place after called the Custard Protocol series, which currently has two books. I’m curious to see where Alexia winds up, and they are fun books to read while relaxing. I don’t have to think too much and can just enjoy them as they are.