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.
Continuing on with this series has been a good time. A unique urban fantasy steampunk with a suspenseful twist is a fun mash-up not to be missed. The heroine is a tartar and keeps everyone on their toes.
Changeless is book two in the Parasol Protectorate series. These are an ongoing cast of characters with some ongoing plot threads even if new conflicts come with each book so they are best read in order.
In this installment, Alexia and Conall have been enjoying a bit of peace getting used to marriage and getting over the events from last book. He is working his supernatural agency policing and Alexia is now a secret government minister for Queen Victoria on the Shadow Council. But then events happen and they are pulled two separate direction while on the same mission.
I enjoyed this sequel more than the first if possible because I already was familiar with the urban fantasy- steampunk world the characters inhabit. Alexia is still her confident, capable, abrasive self that only her husband and a few friends see value in. Her biting wit is a weapon in its own right, but she now also has a fancy new parasol weapon her husband ordered for her. She is thought a danger to other supernaturals, but not weak. I loved seeing her in action and on a mission with a few new characters, but Lord Akeldama the flamboyant vampire is still there and livens every scene he’s in. Her whiny, vindictive family is also still there to throw a spanner in the works.
I enjoyed following along on her cases and all the action and suspense both figuring out what is affecting all the British supernaturals and where her husband disappeared to. Her best friend, Ivy could get on my nerves a bit because she gets flaky, but she is harmless and funny, too.
Things ended on an ominous note with Alexia personally and I can’t wait to see what comes of that. I have hope that what was broken will be fixed with time, but the next installment will definitely test Alexia’s fortitude in ways a good mission adventure can’t. I have a feeling this series will just become more addicting as I go. The steampunk is more present in this one, but so does the urban fantasy world so I can heartily recommend it to those who enjoy books in both camps.
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