Blameless is the third volume of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. It is a delightful addition. The end of the story made me jump for joy in an undignified manner.
This series improves with each new book. I expect it is the combination of the author gaining experience and the characters’ gaining depth and development. There’s so much to explore in this world.
Alexia Maccon nee Tarabotti is ruined. Someone, almost certainly her sister Felicity, has leaked to the press the fact that she is in an indelicate condition. Since her husband is a werewolf, society thinks that he cannot be the father of her imminent baby, even though it cannot be anyone else. Her husband has thrown her out of his manor, her family has thrown her out of their home, and her dear vampire friend Lord Akeldama has vanished. To make matters worse, someone is trying to kill her with mechanical ladybugs. Alexia embarks on a journey to the continent in search of evidence that it is possible for a werewolf to father a child with a preternatural such as herself.
Everything I loved about the previous books is present. The characters so real they call on one and invite one to tea, the enchanting turns of phrase, the inventive supernatural world of Ms. Carriger’s London (and in this case Florence), and Lord Akeldama.
There is an interesting subplot wherein the reader learns more about Professor Lyall, Lord Maccon’s second in command over the werewolf pack. Lord Akeldama’s favorite drone Biffy gets upgraded from fun minor character to major plot point. Also, pesto is revealed to be a secret weapon against vampires (the garlic) and werewolves (Ms. Carriger’s werewolves are allergic to basil). A tasty, tasty weapon.
I give this book four and a half gears out of five. If you will excuse me, I need to go badger a bookstore to obtain the next book, Heartless.
Your Correspondent from the Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather