I didn't realize it but I love mysteries. Science Fiction and Fantasy are a particular favorite though I like travel logs, science essays.
It's a Victorian era paranormal romance and mystery. The writing is clever and even had me laugh out loud at points. The romance scenes are decent and while sexy, mild.
Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator and perfect for the outspoken and often snooty character of Alexia Terrabotti.
At 26 Miss Terrabotti is a spinster and a blue stocking (basically a woman interested in knowledge as opposed to just fashion), she was also born without a soul. This is a power that neutralizes the abilities of the supernatural and defines her as a preternatural. While at a ball that promised comestibles but offered only punch, she is attacked by a vampire lacking all the knowledge and training of one. After dispatching him she has to deal with Lord Maccon who often finds her trying his patience. Thus we are introduced the the actors of our story, their sexual tension, and the mystery of an rogue and uneducated vampire.
This book is pure brain candy, but quite fun.
Set in an alternate Victorian England, this tale is wonderfully witty, full of humor, set within a horrific story . Miss Tarrabotti is what they call a preternatural, that can neutralize the effects of the supernatural. She is one of very few of her kind, who finds herself in all kinds of predicaments that ends up in the hands of the supernaturals' own police dept, thus enters Lord Maccon. These two are always at odds, thus becoming attracted to each other, with banter that delights the listener. Elsewhere, in the story is a group of sinister scientists that are out to exterminate anything unnatural, putting our main characters in peril. The whole book is made up of a very amusing group of characters that keeps us in chuckles while solving mysterious disappearances of vampires and werewolves.
The narration is excellent in capturing the language and wit intended.
This series fills me with polarizing emotions. On the one hand, the blending of so many genres is delightfully creative, and it's clear the author has considerable imagination. The characters themselves are all very appealing and distinctive. And there are some very funny moments. On the other hand, there are decidedly weak points. I'm not sure if this is the narrator, whose voice I find inexplicably irritating because it sounds like she's trying too hard to enunciate, or the writing, but every time there is a scene of suspense, I want to scream, "Get to the point!" Somehow the narrator and/or author have no sense of urgency and bog us down in boring detail and an agonizingly slow play-by-play. Throughout the entire series, scenes that probably take 5 minutes within the story take something like a half hour of narration with so much description. Also, for all the clever wordplay, I want to ban the phrases "at this juncture" and "with this matter." They have long since ceased to be witty.
Love the series although this is not my typical genre. I was eager to listen to the audible book but the narrator is awful. So disappointing.
I would recommend this book to a friend and have already done so. I have also listened to it for a second time.
Alexia is a strong, intelligent and interesting character who is at odds with her status and with her century's expectations of women.
I thought that Emily Gray's performance was wonderful. Her British accent was perfect and really brought me into the story and the world in which it is set.
Fantasy meets Steam-Punk -- let the fun begin.
Strong Intelligent Character
I Shall Wear Midnight - different feel to the books but the female leads in both are strong women who haven't the perfect life, looks or "all the answers" - but they still manage to mold their worlds with their natural abilities - regardless of who (or what) stands in their way!
Alexia takes time during the wedding day preparations to keep a promise made to Lord Akeldama.
Laughed often... but would love to know more about the hedgehog incident
I hope the storyline is continued - so many options with the new characters introduced during the series.
A highly entertaining story with a wonderful narrator. I enjoyed this story very much and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
The sound is terrible, the story line is scattered.
The narrator sounds like a silly schoolgirl.
I was totally disappointed that I spent money on this silly book
Do not waste your money, buy something from a decent author.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This book started out with a good story and as it went along got very wordy and slower paced than I like, but a very cute romance story. Paranormal comedy is a fun combination and the characters were colorful, however, like I said it could have been condensed. My first Steampunk Victorian. I liked it well enough but not sure if I would read the next in the series.
I bought the book because it was on sale, and my first thought as I listened was how silly it was and how unlike anything I usually listened to. My second thought was that it was interesting and engaging. Unlike most books, I could not leave this one for the car - I took it everywhere, and 5 books later, am sorry to have finished the series. I had never heard of steam punk nor had any interest in Victorian novels, but I will, at some point, listen to all five of the Parasol Protectorate series again.