Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season in the third book of the NYT bestselling Parasol Protectorate series.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.
Blameless is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Terrific Third Volume
The Parasol Protectorate is a witty, exciting paranormal Steampunk adventure series. The characters are engaging and the world fully-realized. The chemistry between Alexia and Conall is tangible, and Lyall and Akeldama are strong enough secondary characters to support their own series. Moving on to book the fourth!
Passed the time, is how I'd sum this. I read the first three books and enjoyed them but they soon became boring. Seemed to throw anything out there just to have a twist that, because it wasnt explained or just suddenly was written in with no forewarn, made me kind of feel insulted. Some witicism initially in the conversation, however, the third book made me realize that Alexia's character formation is not as solid as I tend to like in heroines. The ending of Blameless was anticlimatic, stupid, and ill-contrived.
Very interesting. Very English.