Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Gail Carriger and The Parasol Protectorate
I just finished reading Timeless, the last book in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, and I'm feeling a little sad to be saying good-bye to the practical, parasol-wielding Alexia Tarrabotti. These books are a lot of fun. Mix the supernatural (vampires, werewolves, and ghosts) with steampunk gadgetry and set it all in Victorian England. Then add in Alexia Tarrabotti; she's a preternatural, a rare human without a soul who can nullify a supernatural's power and momentarily turn them mortal with just a touch of her hand. Put them all together and you have the very entertaining 5-book Parasol Protectorate Series.
If you've never tried these books, start with Soulless. It's the first in the series and definitely my favorite. There's someone, or something, besides the Vampire Queen creating vampires in London. When one of these new vampires attacks Alexia she's determined to find out who is responsible. She teams up with Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha werewolf and head of the Woolsey pack. Adventure and romance (and laughter!) ensue.
This series isn't perfect, and Carriger's tongue-in-cheek style of writing isn't for everyone, but her characters are quirky and unique and her books always make me smile. Give one a try. You just might find yourself laughing, too.