Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
©2012 Gail Carriger (P)2012 Hachette
This was quite a whirl wind adventure, and I enjoyed every moment of this book. Every book in this series was true enjoyment. I can only hope that Gail Carriger will create a spin off series from this. Gail has a wonderful sence of humor and not afraid of gender bending. However it's done, I hope that Emily Gray will get to narrate the next series, she did a beautiful job with voices and accents. I don't want to write any spoilers for anyone who has followed the series so far but be prepared for a roller coaster ride.
YES, these books have everything from fear, anger, sadness, love. It's the total package and very very well written.
Her accents and character voices are superb. She really brings the story to life.
Both, there were so many emotions in this book and it's written in a way where you experience all those emotions right along with the main character.
Absolutely LOVE this series. I have devoured every one of these books looking forward to the next one. So many sleepless nights because I just couldn't stop. It's saddening that this is the last one. Don't let it end :(
I've enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate stories, and we finally get many of the loose ends tied up together and the story most emphatically ends. [The author's blog indicates she is working on a sequel series centering around the next generation, but Alexia's saga is clearly wrapped up.]
Alexia and Conall now have a toddler on their hands, and what a handful. Legally, she is being raised by Lord Akeldama and his drones, but the birth parents are always on hand (as foretold in the 4th book). Then a comes a summons for little Prudence to attend an ancient vampire hive queen in Egypt...and Ivy Tonstil comes along as the cover story. There is a separate storyline with the werewolf pack back in England, mostly focused on Biffy and Prof. Lyall.
There are a couple of unexpected twists, and it is clear that Gail Carriger is tying up many of the loose ends from the earlier books. The story itself is enjoyable and the ending is amusing and worth waiting for. My biggest regret is that there is not nearly enough Lord Akeldama in this story, but we can't always have everything.
I'm still mixed on Emily Gray's reading. Some voices clearly pose a challenge to her, but that doesn't seem to interfere with this particular story. Her narration did not detract from this story, but I don't know that it added all that much, either.
I will listen to it again
I cannot think of anything really. It is a steam punk novel and a series. It was better than the alchemy of stone and as it was not from the perspective of anatomist on it was more relatable.
Emily did great voices allowing you to really hear when a character was speaking. Her emotion tended to be accurate and expressive. Her accent helped set the story in the correct region.
I cry easily so yes I cried as well as laughed.
This was my first steam punk series. I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the flaws with the characters as well as the connection between them. The mysteries were always new but could relate to others within the series.
Say something about yourself!
If you find yourself switching the channel on your cable box to BBC after listening to this book, don't be surprised. The story of Alexia continues with the addition of Prudence, who adds to the fun of Lord A., Ivy, the Pack, and Alexia's annoying siblings. This series is spot-on funny, with a wonderful British accent. Emily Gray voices the characters so well, and the action is so fun, in the wonderful way of the Protectorate. Worth the listen every time, but be sure to start with the first book in the series.
I enjoyed this one immensely and feel sad to see the end of this series (though apparently there will be some related books). I especially enjoyed the narration of the audiobook, which managed to depict little Prudence as genuinely adorable instead of annoying. It was wonderful to see so much of Biffy. It's hard to say much more without spoilers but I think this was the best of the PP books since the first.
I suggest readers begin with the first book, which introduces the characters in Timeless, the fifth book of the Parasol Protectorate series, but, having said that, this book can be enjoyed as is. I would recommend the books in this series for readers looking for a light hearted, enjoyable romp through Victorian England, complete with campy Vampires, endearing Werewolves and the irrepressible, if bossy, heroine of the series, Alexia, whose main hobby in life is to take charge in a crisis.
I would indeed recommend this series, particularly if you are looking for some light hearted holiday reading with a comedic twist. Funny, sexy and irreverent.
The narrator does a good job of voicing most of the characters, and maintains the pace and flow of the story well. Easy to listen to.
No follow up book needed, as this is the fifth in the series.
Great fun. Well narrated. Most enjoyable.
This entire series is so much fun. I listened to all of them back to back, I was so into them.
The narrator does a stellar job, so I'd highly recommend to read them as audio books.
A delightful addition to the series, filled with laughter and a few tears. Not to be missed.
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