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
Like all of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors. I am currently listening to 'Cold Days' by Jim Butcher.
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.
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)!
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?
SMART FUNNY ADVENTURE
The laughs , the adventures of a strong will woman
Not that kind of book
Say something about yourself!
I really love hearing Emily Gray voice all of these wonderful characters.
Hard to say, I think Channing is still my favorite character. He's a small part but ads so much!
Emily Gray is amazing! I have listened to her in the previous books and she is just so talented! She brings so much to the characters!
Not to give anything away, but the final fight really said something to me. The way Alexia's friends came together and made their own fighting force was really impacting!
I really love this series, I have given the hard copy books to three friends and they have all loved it!
I loved this clever writing and all the amazing research that was apparent in the Alexia Tarabotti books. I could not wait till this last one but the first 2 were so amazing that I was a bit let down by the third. It just seemed very contrived - forced even - and did not flow as well as the rest. I was disappointed, Perhaps the author felt rushed to complete this last installment - but it just did not have the clarity or believability of the previous ones. I fell in love with Alexia in the first 2 books but in this one I just wanted to clobber her over the head. She lost her charm. I hope the next featuring the new arrival will go back to the par oF the first two. I AM ROOTING FOR IT!
the continuation of what would happen next - based on the first 2 books.
This was the worst of the 3 I have listed to.
The reader is amazing. Her voices make the books come alive. Love listening to her!
The reader's tremendous job made my experience of listening to Blameless most enjoyable.
I love so many of the characters for their many layers. My favorite character in this book of the series is Madam Lafoux because of her wit and resourcefulness.
Emily Gray is terrific at bringing the characters to life and not getting you confused over which character is talking.
I definitely wanted to listen to this whole book in one sitting.
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