Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

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Series: The Parasol Protectorate #5
Genres: Steampunk Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit
Released on March 2, 2012
Pages: 386
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

The Delight

Ah yes, the last in the series.  I had several bittersweet moments because it really did a fantastic job as the anchor book.  I mostly laughed at the usual scintillating wit and whimsical characters, but there was definitely one good tear-jerker moment and lots of heartwarming and surprise to round it out.  It felt complete, but also left the avenue open for more from the series and the Parasol Protectorate world.


Timeless is the fifth in the engaging steampunk-urban fantasy series that must be read in order.

A few years have passed since the events in Heartless.  Alexia, Conall, Lord Akeldama, and the pack are settled into domesticity as the Infant-Inconvenience grows into a precocious toddler.  But then the peace is ended with a murder and a missive from the Egyptian vampire queen.

So much happened and rearranged in this story for all the characters.  There were a few storylines that got me tense because I was dreading the big emotional fall-outs, but like before, the fallout was there without the prolonged agony.  Tough choices were made and the tough consequences followed.  There were some great surprising twists and action moments.

Alexia and Conall’s romance continued to draw me in and I loved seeing them still acrimoniously passionate after married life has settled on them.  It was fun to see side characters Biffy, Lyall, and Ivy get more page time and I loved seeing a large group of the cast head to Egypt for that part of the adventure while things were no less exciting back home in London.

All in all, I was well satisfied with where this book went and how it delivered the end of the series.  I most definitely need to continue with prequel series, novella sequels, and the spin-off next gen series.  Again, I push you toward snagging these books if you are intrigued by steampunk, urban fantasy or a mash of both.


Romance Roundabout #174 SP
Mt. TBR #109
COYER #59 


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. I am glad to hear this was such a great ending to the series. It’s great when a series you enjoyed eds on a high note :). It sounds like an action packed and emotion final for sure. That’s neat it had some great twists as well.

    1. I’m pretty generous with the stars, but I did really feel it was a great job at finishing off the series. 🙂 Hope you like them when you get the chance, Carole.