While not my favorite, it's still an okay book. I enjoyed the beginning and the very end (the last 20-ish minutes or so) but didn't really get into the middle and what followed as much as I would've liked. I understand it's a whole different time and place but I kind of wanted to smack Alexia with her own parasol in this book. Emily Gray does a nice job as narrator, as usual.
The Parasol Protectorate series never fails to entertain! Supernatural stories with a proper British flavor. Gail Carriger has another hit! Emily Gray does another wonderful rendition of these tales! You should definitely check out this series.
After the last book in the series I was not looking forward to this one....I am eating my words right now. I honestly think that besides the first book, this was definately one of the best. I am proud to say that I am throughly looking foward to the release of the next book Timeless in a few months. I can't wait
Wow! That was boring! There was absolutely no story to this "book". Ninety-nine percent was the overly-detailed descriptions of the heroine's life as a pregnant woman. One percent mentioned the other characters briefly but usually while they were discussing fashion and home decorating. There was also no mystery. Nada. Someone mentioned the queen's life was in danger and that was it. Undoubtedly it was supposed to set up the next book, but give us something worth our time, please! Again, Wow! That was boring!
I would not recommend series has lost its charm starting with this book
The Hive has been behind most of her problems, yet she runs to their rescue at the expense of her friend, and she constantly offers refuge to her horrible sister who has no redeemable qualities. Why would she offer lodgings to a bunch of vicious murdering vampires that have been out to get her since day one? After several attempts against her they are never held accountable and now she's bending over backwards to help them... Really? It's enough to make you lose respect for the heroine.
The narration is not great with regards to the male characters but has been consistent throughout the series so can't complain overmuch.
No too many things ignored in the book like her terrible selfish family that will kick her out into the street which is completely ignored in the series. Her tolerance for the vampire hive that has continuously tried to kill her is really disappointing. She is supposed to be a strong heroine but she lets these two groups do things to her with no backlash whatsoever.
Narrator and story perfect for each other. There are some longer than usual pauses in narration, but they didn't bother me at all. The story was engrossing enough to keep my interest all the way thru.
What can I say, this series has captured me and brought me along on a really good adventure. The writer gives me good engaging characters and the narrator gives them life. I look forward to see what happens next 😀
Carriger has created the most masterful steampunk world mashed up with supernatural. Can't wait for the next installment and find out what baby Prudence will bring to the mix.
Everything. As always, Carriger delivers a marvelous follow-up to a fantastic series.
Professor Lyle… I should have seen it coming to, I have a weakness for certain characters and it was not until this novel when we get some insight into his past that I just could not believe that I cherish the same characters time after time. His past just broke me into pieces.
I have listened to her in all the Parasol Protectorate novels and I adore her. She never fails to deliver a lively, beautifully witty performance with pitch-perfect voices for a cast of very different and wonderfully complex characters. I will listen to her any day.
Absolutely, it is funny and exciting and dark and very smartly written. I will always recommend this series. It is thouroughly wonderful.