Wednesday, 18 April 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Parasol Protectorate 5: Timeless - Gail Carriger

Release Date: 15/03/12


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. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a dampener on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle. Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria 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?


If you like Steampunk and want witty humour adding to the mix then Gail Carriger’s series is one for you. Alexia is witty, she is a kick ass heroine and when you add to the mix a turn of phrase that’s as daring as the raising of a skirt hem to aVictorian then it’s a series that really a joy to read.

Whilst this is the fifth and final part to the Parasol Protectorate, the series has been one that has stood out from the masses with an author who knows how to deliver what the reader wants in a style that is unique and identifiable. It’s quirky, it really does give you something special and overall I’m a little sad that its reached its conclusion. I’ll eagerly await to see what Gail hits back with next time but from the standard set by this series, I know it will more than likely be something I’ll enjoy.

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