Published by Orbit
Released on September 1, 2010
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.
Romance Roundabout #195 SP
Mt. TBR #90
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