Series: The Parasol Protectorate #4
Genres: Steampunk Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit
Released on July 7, 2011
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?
A fabulous mash-up of urban fantasy and steampunk and the installment where I finally discover the origin of the series title. Along with a pregnant heroine attempting to manage affairs as usual like whispers of an assassination on the Queen and disruptions in the werewolf pack and Lord Akeldama’s household.
Making my way through this series that must be read in order in an unhurried binge has been delightful from cover to cover. Alexia is a managing sort and now she’s eight months along and still attempting to manage and interfere to the best of her ability.
I confess that though I enjoyed this one quite a lot; I also found it a slow mover until nearer the end. It had a tendency to plod along through domestic concerns paranormal style though thankfully with the low angst that this series is known for. Patience is required through much, but the reader is definitely rewarded as all the slower moving pulls together at last and the end is the zany antics that I love to see the characters engaging in.
The witty dialogue, mission, and scintillating characters were all present though there wasn’t as much husband and wife acrimonious banter between Conall and Alexia that I love. The reveals on the past particularly to do with Professor Lyall was great to get.
And now, I prepare for the final book in the series that is staying strong and keeping me coming back for more. Can’t recommend these enough for those who enjoy or don’t mind elements of urban fantasy and steampunk together.
Romance Roundabout #146 SP
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