Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.
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The parasol protectorate is back and steampunk technology is in high gear. In this installment, Alexia is on a mission to prove her husband wrong. To accomplish this task, she rallies the old protectorate, but adds some new faces as well. Madame LeFoux moves to the forefront of this book, and I do not know why. She really is a hindrance to Alexia???s survival rather than an aid, but Ivy is as solid a friend as one could ever hope for. Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings returns and we get to see a new side of him. Floote is as faithful as always with more skills than previously assumed. Professor Lyall lives the thankless but competent existence of an extraordinary Beta. In the end, Alexia gets what she really wants and we learn more about her father in the process. All in all, this is an excellent book that resolves the Changeless cliffhanger. Emily Gray is perfect for this book, and I cannot wait for Heartless. It is important to note that you really cannot enjoy the books in this series out of order.
First off: this is the third of 5 stories and they really won't make sense unless you attack them in order.
Second: Carriger's story is finally taking shape...I guess she started to do that in Changeless, but Blameless is where it became obvious that there was a bigger mystery unfolding. Also, some of the more repetitive jokes from the first two books---such as Alexia's libido---got downplayed in this one.
Third: It is also the first book in which characters other than Alexia and Connel take center stage...in particular, Professor Lyall.
Lastly: The non-English accents presented in this book didn't tax Emily Gray's diction as much as the previous book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book and expected to love this one. Unfortunately, the entire reading was ruined by the incredibly long gaps between chapters, odd pacing (really slow at times and normal at others), and irregular unexpected pauses between sentences. It seemed as though the narrator recorded random sentences and paragraphs in separate sittings, which were then pieced together. The amount of dead space between every single chapter was so weirdly long that a few times I thought the book had ended. How did this production get a 'pass'?
As always, I am in love with this series and with the narrator. However, this book had an unfortunate proclivity for pauses. I am not sure why the pauses were not edited out, but they became annoying very quickly. It seemed there was a 15 second pause after every paragraph that left you feeling like the chapter had ended. I do hope these pauses will not continue in the next recorded book. I feel like they added several hours to the book just be leaving in the pauses. Of course, that may have been their goal?
The third book in this series delivers poignant moments and continues the general wit that is so enjoyable. Not only will I finish out this series, but hope that the next two series from Gail Carriger makes it to an audio format as well.
I liked it a lot better than the 2nd book, but Lord Maccon needs to grovel a lot more and Lord Akeldama needs more screen time. On the other hand I was glad to see Prof.Lyall taking a larger role in this book. I found the scence with Biffy extremely touching and slash worthy LOL.
I can't believe that Alexia forgave Lord Maccon, what does she see in him? Madame Lefoux is a much better hero than him in this book, as she was in the previous one. (*'Д｀)=3sigh. I also was dissapointed that we never got to find out more about her father. I suppose that shall be revealed in the later books.
I just wish that I can like Lord Maccon as much as I like the other characters but I can't seem to find any redeeming nor likable side of him yet. I hope there is more Lord Akeldama in the next book as well as Prof. Lyall and Madame Lefoux. As for Lord Maccon, I give up. He needs to do something drastic to change my mind. He needs to take a lesson from Cullan (Magic Slays)!
I adored the 1st in the series, was just meh with the 2nd, and thought I'd just be bored with this. Until I reached the ending. If this were a book, I would have hurled it at the wall in disgust. But since it's a digital audiobook, I just immediately deleted it from my player and then figuratively stomped all over it. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices--they were all very distinct and enjoyable. There were some enjoyable parts, but for most of it, I just wanted a resolution of the mystery and to get Alexia and Connall back together for his groveling scene. SPOILER ALERT: Alexia acts as if she hadn't been betrayed, humiliated and endangered by Connall's throwing her to the wolves. Err, vamps that is. She forgives him in 2 minutes (even though he doesn't actually apologize) and says he can make it up to her by giving her a bunch of stuff. They exchange some witty barbs and all is forgiven. Can you say shallow? Or maybe the author just wants to show the extent of Alexia's soulless-ness? This is one of those books where you wish you could scour out your brain in order to forget the experience. If you're not invested in the characters and are reading this series just for the steampunk elements, you might still like it. I'd only read/listen to the next in the series if Lord Akeldama were the main character and Alexia was relegated to the far sidelines.
Another great story by Gail Carriger. The enjoyment was hampered by the unnecessary pauses and silence gaps between transitions.
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LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! In my opinion, the best book of the series so far! It was packed with tons of action, all my favorite characters in the series & some new ones to enjoy as well. The pace of the story as it unfolded was really well done this time, opening about 2 weeks after Changeless stops. I think one of my favorites things about Gail Carrigers' writing is that its so incredibly descriptive, where you feel like youre watching a movie more than listening to a story. That has much to do with the exceptional performance of Emily Gray as well. To be honest, I wouldn't want to imagine my interpretation of this series if having only read it. Emily Gray brings life to it on a whole other level I don't believe my imagination could create. I cant wait to start Heartless, and I am so happy with where the story is headed. I wish this series would go on and on .. like the Amelia Peabodys. If this book grabs your eye, start with Soulless, Book 1 and after, head on to Gails Finishing School series which takes place about 25 years before this. You get to learn what some of the characters in these books were up to in there much younger years!
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