Blameless by Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate, Book 3

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Once we finish the second volume, we only want one thing, to get into the third to know the following events. I must say that we were left with a Lady Maccon in a really uncomfortable situation. And then of course our two heroes are both real strong heads! Yes this is true, they’re terrible, one as much as the other.

We thus find Alexia back home, and when I say that, it means to her mother’s home, after that Lord Maccon had dismissed her. Something that, I must say, makes her more than angry (and it is perfectly understandable). And when gossip and rumors begin to peddle about her and that everyone learns the story about her embryonic inconvenience as she calls it so well, Alexia quickly became the person to avoid for the whole society. And it starts with her own family who dismisses her as well. But this is not counting on the ideas of our heroine who is determined to go to Italy, accompanied by our dear Lady Lefoux and Floote to prove to her dear husband that she didn’t cheat on him. As for our beloved werewolf, he spends his days drinking and depressed about his wife, to the chagrin of Professor Lyall and his pack.

I was completely swept away by this book. It is much more addictive than the previous one and filled with action throughout the story. Alexia and her little band leads us in France and Italy, where we will discover new characters and new interesting inventions as always. Well I must say that nothing will be easy because as usual Alexia is really talented to find more trouble than she would have liked. And this time all the vampires want to kill her, which I must say does not change much in her everyday life.

I was really curious to see Alexia change in her father country and to learn more about her past. Indeed this man is mentioned on numerous occasions since the beginning of the series but we’re still in the dark about the person he really is. We finally learn a little more about him but nothing really important, but I do not lose hope, it may be the case with the next volume. Surprisingly this is another character who is at the center of our attention: Floote, the butler. And what a character! I was actually very curious about him and I’m waiting for the day that Alexia will actually decide for answers. We understand that in this novel, he is far from what he seems to be and he knows a lot more than we might have thought initially.

The meeting with the Templars was also very interesting and I think it is still far from finished (otherwise it would be too easy, does not it?). Finally you’ll understand that I enjoyed this new book, the plot is always exciting and Alexia is the most delectable. Now, I just need to get into the fourth volume to learn more.



42 thoughts on “Blameless by Gail Carriger

  1. I just picked up Soulless and I’m determined to start this series. Gail Carriger seems to have this unqiue way of writing humor into paranormal, plus the setting is something I love. I’m glad you’re enjoying this series Melliane 🙂

  2. I come across this series a while ago and thought they were YA. Glad this one was more addictive than the last, and I haven’t read any that’s gets set in Italy (even if it’s only for one book). Really want to go someday! 🙂

  3. Ah, loved the first book of this, though I never got beyond it. I think I have to be in a certain mood – didn’t expect it to be so heavily focused on romance. I remember in the first book when she and Maccon were trapped in the dungeon, and then all of a sudden started making out and getting it on in the middle of the dirty floor. I was like, really, is this the best time? 😉

  4. I read the first book a couple of years ago, and I liked it but I wasn’t over the moon over it. I really think I need to give this series another chance after reading your review.

  5. I have seen this book around but I had no idea it was that good. I love the sound of it and Alexia sounds like a really amazing character. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I hope you’ll enjoy the next installment even more 🙂 Great review, Melliane 🙂

  6. You’re hitting a nerve here, Melliane…I’ve been thinking of reading this series for years, but I still haven’t bought the first instalment yet 🙁 I should probably remedy to that, huh? Thanks for the review!

  7. I have to admit i actually read the first installment in this series a few years ago but just never picked up the rest of the books becaus eof my ever growing TBR pile but you have me wanting to change that! Lovely review!

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