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.
©2010 Tofa Borregaard; Excerpt from Tempest Rising 2010 by Nicole Peeler (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
Gail Carriger has written another fun installment in her series. All the humor and bedlam is there to draw you back to the steam punk world of supernatural misadventures that we love. New characters, returning favorites, new dangers and recurring conflicts all add to this wonderfully irreverent tale. Emily Gray's narration continues to bring the characters to life and emphaizes the humor that Ms. Carrier has embedded through the the story. Ms. Gray's timings are spot on and her voices reflect the characters they represent, adding another layer to an already fun and quirky story.
The one complaint I have is that the editing of the narration was done poorly. Long gaps appear in the middle of chapters, as the scenes switch, or at the end of the chapters. The gaps were distracting enough to take away a star from my review. These gaps would jolt me out of the world created by these two talented ladies back to the real world where I would attempt to "fix" the problem. Once finally back on planet Earth, the story would start up again and I would have to "reenter" the world in the story. If the two ladies were not so talented, or if I had already been so invested in the story, I think I would have returned the book because of the issues.
Blameless is third in the Parasol Protectorate series and here Lady Alexia Maccon has been shunned by her whole family and practically all of high society!
Beware spoilers of the first two books be plentiful in this review!
Why is she shunned? Well because as we found out at the end of Book 2, she is pregnant and no one believes that Lord Maccon could possibly be the father since he is a werewolf. But of course he is because Lady Alexia hasn’t been with anyone else. So Lord Maccon has made a proper big asshole out of himself at the end of Changeless and is now making an even bigger ass of himself by being mostly inebriated for the larger part of this novel. All the while Alexia has left the country and headed to Italy to try to find out anything she can from the Templars about Preternaturals based on a breeding program they used to have. She is in for a lot of assassination attempts and oodles of steampunk inventions, lots of time spent with her butler Floot and with Madame Lefoux who decided to travel with her to Italy. Alexia is definitely not going to sit around and take being accused of infidelity lightly.
What you can expect
– a very drunk Lord Maccon
– a hurry and embittered Alexia (tho she doesn’t let that stop her from trying to clear get name
– many more fabulous contraptions then the previous two books, giving it more of a steampunk feel
It took me a while to get into this series, but I have really enjoyed it. Emily Gray does a wonderful job with character voices, and the story itself was fast-paced and fun. The editing, however, was terrible. There were uncomfortably long pauses between sections and chapters, punctuated by the sound of a deeply indrawn breath. I found myself checking my iPod to see if I'd accidentally hit the pause button or otherwise messed something up. Very strange, but sill well worth listening.
there were production issues that were annoying and served to take you out of the story.
There were long pauses, I mean really long pauses, between chapter breaks and even just a break in the narration.
The pauses were so long that I often thought my iTouch had turned off, as sometimes happens while listening to audio books.
But Ms. Gray's narration was lovely as always. There were times I heard clicking, again, I think it was production more so than Ms. Grey.
The story is entertaining in that suspension-of-disbelief way that is required when doing steampunk and vamps/weres.
The characters are engaging and entertaining.
Situations purposefully laughable and seemingly physically impossible.
There was a big MIS and sufficient groveling to make it fun (but not too much to mess with alpha standing).
All in all, enjoyable.
I would advise you read this in order of the series, but if you just pick it up and start here, there is enough background info that you will probably enjoy it.
No info dumps, just information and background woven into the story.
I know my star ratings are askew, two fours somehow making a three; but the long pauses really drew me out of the story so many times I did feel it impacted the overall enjoyment in ways that did not involve performance or story.
I have not had that issue in Book 1, 2 or 4. I have yet to listen to 5.
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.
Emily Gray does a wonderful job performing this story / series, but in this particular book the pauses were much to long, at times I thought that something had happened to the playback. Other that that, I have greatly enjoyed this series so far.
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.
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Another great story by Gail Carriger. The enjoyment was hampered by the unnecessary pauses and silence gaps between transitions.
Great story. The pauses in the reading were pretty ridiculous, and subtracted from my enjoyment of the story significantly. If it weren't the third book in a series I greatly enjoy, I would have considered not finishing listening to it.
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