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.