Published by Orbit on March 1, 2012
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, can not put a dampener 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?
It’s over! I can’t believe it’s over. My god, what a ride. I won’t even hesitate to say that this is one of the best series I have ever read. Really and truly. The Parasol Protectorate is just plain FUN, there’s nothing else I could call it. I have thoroughly enjoyed every second, even more than I did the Finishing School series. And THAT’s saying something.
Miss Carriger’s books are so uniquely HER.There is steampunk, but it’s usually very dark and gritty. There is paranormal romance, but many of those are so concerned with the swooning and steaminess. Then there’s comedic fantasy, which is really dominated by Terry Pratchett and doesn’t QUITE fit this series. This series is Comedic Steampunk Paranormal Fantasy, and for that label there is really only one author: Gail Carriger.
I know for the rest of my life I’m going to be hunting for another Gail Carriger, another Parasolverse. Perhaps another Alexia or Lord Akeldama. I doubt I’ll find them. I KNOW I won’t find another Biffy.
Speaking of Biffy, my most favorite character to ever come out of the woodwork. I had not expected to love the dandy when he was first introduced. He seemed a bit like a throwaway character, just there for ‘Dama to play with. HO BOY was I wrong. I’m SO invested in what Biffy has become. I know he gets a novella but damn, I need another series, all about him. His relationship with a certain wolf is just so damn sweet and I want them to be blissfully happy forever.
But enough waxing on about Biffy. This is definitely one of the top books in the series. I honestly don’t think I could really weigh them in a specific order, other than the first book being last (though still very good). This books are so emotional, I’ve been invested so much during each one that it’s nearly impossible to put them down. Now all I want to do is read them again.
The one thing that made this book stand out, other than the fact that it’s the series wrap up, is the introduction of Toddler Prudence. OMG this kid is beyond cute, and that’s saying something because I hate kids. As sassy as her parent before even gaining use of full sentences, this kid is just a blessing to read about. More than once she got a good chuckle out of me with her antics. I can’t wait to read about her grown up.
Which brings me to the next series in the Parasolverse, The Custard Protocol. That’s right, I’m continuing to marathon all the Carrigers that are available in order. I’ll be reading ROMANCING THE INVENTOR, the Supernatural Society novella in physical and listening to the audio of PRUDENCE next. Look out for those reviews soon.
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