Blameless by Gail Carriger
Setting: alternate world, Florence, Victorian Britain
“How much longer, Mama, must we tolerate this gross humiliation?”
Lady Alexia Maccon paused before entering the breakfast room.
If you haven’t yet read Soulless and Changeless then I am afraid that this review will contain spoilers for those two books. Always the way with reviewing books in a series.
I’ve just realised that I’ve never really mentioned the covers in my review of these books, but just take a second to take a proper look at them. Aren’t they wonderful! I’m not sure if that is exactly how I picture Alexia, she always seems, how would she put it, more substantial than the model on the cover, but the are so very appropriate. And just look at that othnithopter over Paris. Oops, spoilers, because yes, Alexia heads to France and then on to Italy. How exciting.
That’s right, fleeing the social scandal at home after being cast out by Lord Maccon Alexia heads for Italy. Although in reality she is fleeing murderous mechanical Ladybugs and other assorted attempts on her life. Accompanied by Floote and Madam Lefoux she heads off to see if the Templars have any advice. They are supposed to have considerable lore on the soulless after all. Can they explain why the vampires are so upset at her pregnancy. And back in London Professor Lyall is busy dealing with his Alpha, Lord Maccon is not handling the domestic drama very well.
And I really do continue to love this series of books. Alexia was occasionally a little too forthright and blunt with her friends in the last book, but here she is up against enemies, so the reader can totally enjoy her responses. And her imagined one-liners directed at her unborn baby are great.
We even get to see a bit more of a reason why Ivy and Alexia have remained friends.
Yay for good fun reads. Boo, because the next in the series isn’t due out till next year from what I can see online.