Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Posted September 9, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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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
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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.

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4 years ago

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.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I think the same thing about how this one ended. It was a big relief and really great that it ended well. 🙂

4 years ago

Oh great to see it was so good! I’m a bit late with the series and I still need to read this one I confess

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I was a bit late on the series, too, Melliane. I read book one only last year and then took it as my summer challenge to finish books 2-5. 🙂 Glad I did!

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

5 stars?!? I have to make some time to start reading this series very soon. I love the sound of it. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

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.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

These are definitely on my eventual list. Yay for it being such a fantastic addition!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Well worth it, Anna. I’ve put them off for a while and was glad to finally read through them all this past summer. Now for the spin-off series. 🙂