Author: Gail Carriger
What a positively, entertaining, hilarious, suspenseful and thoroughly enjoyable read. I must declare myself utterly tickled following my latest reading experience of Gail Carriger’s ‘Changeless’. I also am of the opinion this novel is the best in the series. If you are a fan of the supernatural, steam-punk, and Victorian era genres, then I beseech you avid readers look no further then the cleverly put together works of Ms. Gail Carriger. The author is an altogether genius at merging these genres together in a manner so utterly entertaining, the reader will be positively craving the next instalment of the Parasol Protectorate series.
As with the first novel in the series, we meet the feisty, intelligent and altogether gutsy character of Alexia Maccon, now the Lady Woolsey, on yet another daring adventure. Having been honoured with the role of ‘Muhjah’ by Queen Victoria, which is a position on the Queen’s top secret shadow council that deals with supernatural, political affairs, Alexia is thrown into yet another mystery to which her preternatural powers come in to question. This time the mystery consists of a rather strange wave of unsupernaturalness, as I would like to put it, is plaguing the supernatural set and reverting them to their previous mortal state, which is altogether quite unseemly for them. Alexia’s husband, the wonderfully gruff and ruggedly handsome, Lord Conall Maccon, has simply up and disappeared to Scotland in quest of this mystery and also an issue with an old werewolf pack of his.
Alexia is left to her own devices, which readers of the previous book will know, will never end well. With her unusual taste in friends as allies, she decides to take matters into her own hands and solve the mystery herself. With a recently purchased, ugly, but supernatural battling efficient parasol, Alexia finds herself facing danger from all sides and also more knowledge on exactly what being a preternatural entails.
Old and new characters alike aid the exhilarating plot. The author also challenges society viewpoints at the time for example Madame Lefoux, a woman inventor and scientist, who not only dresses like a man but regularly bequeaths Alexia with amorous advances, which is an altogether refreshing aspect to read for a novel set in a stuffy, annoyingly polite Victorian society. The reader also observes a more in depth look at certain characters from the first novel such as the charming Professor Lyall, the eccentric and preposterous Lord Akeldama, as well as Alexia’s best friend, the entertainingly senseless Ivy Hisselpenny. The novel also shows the beautiful relationship that exists between Alexia and Conall, and how newly married life is treating them. They are both learning how to relate to one another and it is truly like these characters are dear friends, the reader is granted the ability to observe their playful and fiery relationship.
So yet again, Gail Carriger provides the reader with an endearing romance, come supernatural, come steam-punk novel that is so hard to put down. The author’s talent lies in her use of humour, which permeates every page of the book for example, in a scene chronicling an unfortunate incident Alexia gets herself into, the author plays out the events in such hilarious fashion, and I will now quote from page 176 of the novel, an exchange between Alexia and her friend Ivy:
“But honestly Alexia, I do not mean to be boorish, but you do realize that your underdrawers are exposed to the night air, not to mention the public view?”
“Ivy, I am hanging on for dear life to the side of a floating dirigible, leagues up in the aether. Even you must admit there are some instances wherein protocol should be relaxed”
“Ivy, I fell, obviously”
I still giggle incessantly at this scene in the book and there are many others just the same throughout the novel.
I therefore beseech all you avid readers out there, to go purchase a copy of this book series. It will not disappoint and I thoroughly await the ability to discuss it with you all once read. Gail Carriger is a force to be reckoned with in the world of steam punk and the supernatural. I dare you to disagree.
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The Avid Reader 🙂