Published by Orbit on April 1, 2010
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.
*sniffs* Is someone slicing onions in here? No of course I’m not crying! That’s preposterous!
God this book ends with some feels. But its not just the ending that made me give this book 5 nuts. No, it’s the mystery of it, along with the addition of one of my favorite FINISHING SCHOOL characters. That’s right, everyone welcome back the brash Sidheag Maccon, reunited with her many greats grandfather in the most awkward of ways.
Sidheag will always be my favorite Finishing School girl, her gruff Scottish manners and no bullshit attitude always appealed to me. But this is Sidheag 20 years older and alpha in absentia for the Kingair pack. As far as most wished for moments, this book satisfies more than one of the things I wanted to see for Sidheag.
As mysteries go I wouldn’t say that that particular plot is hard to guess. The perpetrator is pretty obvious from at least halfway through the novel. However that doesn’t ruin the fun. In fact it’s sort of fun to imagine that the character will do next to reach her ends as the story unfolds, especially as more is revealed about her.
Still, the emotions the ending of this installment of the Parasol Protectorate brought me are a rare thing. Iy’s not often that I listen open mouthed as an author decimates my heart in one chapter. Miss Gail, you wound me! She plays with my emotions like a cheap set of chess, and I was in checkmate long before I ever realized it.
I have come to adore Alexia and Conoll. The sass doesn’t overshadow just how perfect they are for each other, but enhances it. They are clearly blissfully in love and it makes the ending that much more heartwrenching. My soul hurts, and I’m fervently glad that I have BLAMELESS in my queue downloaded and ready to go. My poor heart…
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