Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
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.
Abandoned and blamed by husband and others, chased by killers, and landing in one deadly scrape after another, Lady Alexia Maccon was highly entertaining in this latest of the Parasol Protectorate adventures.
Blameless is book three of an urban fantasy- steampunk romance mash-up that is an ongoing story that must be read in order.
The last book ended on an ominous note. Alexia announces a surprise for her husband and gets a nasty surprise of her own as a result. I went into this one wrongly assuming there would be a vast degree of angst when to my pleasure, the focus remained on intrigue, adventures, colorful characters, witty dialogue and fascinating steampunk gadgetry not in the usual way. All the right feelings and actions were expressed on the part of both Alexia and Conall, but both put aside wounded pride and hurt feelings and remorse to do what they had to.
Loved the split scenes between Alexia on her journey with the indefatigable Floote and the clever Madama Lafoux while back in London, Conall’s beta of the pack, Professor Lyall gets lots of page time while holding things together and conducting investigations into a few mysteries.
Each book introduces a new aspect to the Parasol Protectorate world. I enjoyed traveling into France and Italy with Alexia and the group, learning about the Templars and the bits of extra about the preternatural types like Alexia. The interesting events that occurred in London involving the mysterious activities around the vampires and Lord Akkeldama, the results of a rescue, and the Shadow Council leave me, just as with the last book, quite eager to press on.
Fantastic and clever mash-up of steampunk and urban fantasy that I urge lovers of either and both to give a try.
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