Published in: 2010
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 2 in the Parasol Protectorate
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
This book is set in Scotland, it involves werewolves that can’t change, and it’s awesome until the end, and then it hurts. I had tears and that horrible hollow chest pain feeling that you get when your favourite characters do something bad, like die or break up or pick the wrong guy (you all know what I’m talking about right? It’s not just me that gets so emotionally invested in the book characters, right?)
Alexia and Conall have settled into their married life, they are the best couple, and they have to visit Conall’s old pack with Ivy and her collection of horrid hats, and Felicity and her snark, and Madame LeFoux. Which means that mayhem occurs pretty much throughout the book, attempts are continuously made on Alexia’s life- she seems to find this just a small problem though, like everyone gets attempts made on their lives constantly.
It was very good to read, but like I said, that ending and the feels… I was trying not to ball my eyes out at it. Conall was such an ass! Poor Alexia.
Changeless rating: 9.5/10. Really fantastic
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, fans of steampunk, paranormal romance, vampires, werewolves. Just be warned, when you get emotionally invested with the characters, you will get the feels and it will hurt.
Author’s website: http://www.gailcarriger.com/books/parasol-protectorate-series