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.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
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.
I most certainly would, in fact I have. The book was different than I'd read before and I usually don't like female narrators, but I found Emily Gray easy to listen to. I found myself hanging on her every word. She would pull me into a situation and then take me on a descriptive tour, but just when I was getting restless she would pull me fast back to the moment at hand. Good job because I can get restless pretty quickly.
It kinda made me think of Soulkeeper by Ching G.P., or maybe Dead Beat by Jim Butcher or maybe even Hounded by Kevin Hearne.
I have never read anything by her before, but I am now a true fan and will look for more books by her.
It made me laugh, anxious, slightly angry and wanting more.
This book had me thinking about it well into the next day after I finished it. I felt it was well written and ended making me wanting more but understanding how it ended the way it did. Good job Gail Carriger, damn good job.
What one man can do, another can do. - David Mamet
i absolutely love the marriage of this story with this actress. perfection in every respect.