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.
Changeless is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Language -oh my!
The fun part of these books is the use of good old fashion Victorian English — and even better having a dictionary to look up all those great words that we no longer use. Not sure most of those words will become part of my vocabulary, still it’s cool to see how rich of a language as English speakers we once had.
The rigid class structure is a bit off putting, the descriptions of the clothes and social environments, from the point of view of the entitled, makes me a glad that I think I’m living in more enlightened times. I admit I haven’t done any real research into Victorian social structure. What’s written here however agrees with what I’ve read or seen on other media. It feels very real , and the way author presents it has me more hooked into the would than the other parts. Her world building is outstanding, presenting a vivid, well flushed out century old social system that is familiar enough to understand then giving it a good twist with the fun of the bats and wolves.
But what I don’t understand is given the clothes, hairdos and other furnishings of the day, if was so complicated that it required a maid to dress you, who dressed the maid? Oh the mysteries from the past that we have lost..
Maybe that’s the point to take away from these books — the social elite’s only claim to fame was that they were the social elite..
Can you say Kardashian?
All and all, these books so far have made me reflect on what our current society thinks is really important.. World building at its finest
The Perfect Read
Amusing and entertaining in extremely well-written English. What more do you want?! Buy it and read it already. Your only regret- like mine - will be that the series isn't longer. But nothing is perfect, you see.
Diverting and Highly Entertaining
This is a terrific second installment in the Parasol Protectorate series. I love the interaction between Alexia and Conall, and Ivy's idiotic utterances are absolutely hilarious. The dirigible scene is well-plotted and exciting, and the doozy of a cliffhanger will definitely drive me to buy the third book. Highly recommended to fans of Juliet Blackwell, Madelyn Alt and Meljean Brook.