Part of the The Parasol Protectorate series
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town.
To top it all, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all the London vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars.
Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires - and they're armed with pesto. ***Also available as a manga adaptation***
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841499734
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Review by riverwillow
The third book in the series and the dark fun continues. Alexia's marriage has disintegrated and she travels, with the fantastic Floote and the mysterious Madame Lefoux, to learn about the nature of her pregnancy. The travellers face many perils and Alexia slowly learns more about her preternatural nature and the danger this brings to her child. We don't see enough of Ivy, who hilariously is left in charge of Madame Lefoux's hat shop and I suspect that the consequences of this decision will echo through the next couple of books in the series. Meanwhile, poor Professor Lyall is left to deal with Alexia's estranged husband, who deals with the pain by being drunk - I particularly loved the inventive way Carriger gets the werewolf Alpha drunk and the accompanying 'crunchy snacks'. A very enjoyable addition to the series.
Review by DeltaQueen50
Blameless is the third entry in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series and although this was a fun read, I am looking forward to a book that has Alexia and her husband, Conall actually sharing an adventure together. The sparks that fly between this couple is a huge part of what makes this series so delightful, yet in the last two books, they were mostly apart.Of course this book had it’s moments and those moments were full of vampires, werewolves, killer ladybugs, and the Knights Templar. Lots of witty humor and side jokes, lots of action, and relatively little blood or gore to be concerned over.Although Blameless will not be one of my favorites of this light-hearted steam punk series, I will definitely be reading on after all, there is going to be a big event upcoming in Lord and Lady Maccon’s life!
Review by soliloquies
Didn't enjoy this was quite as much as the two previous books. Possibly because the action is removed to France and Italy which means many of favourite characters are missing for long periods of the book. On the plus side it was just as funny and this world is rapidly becoming a great place to escape into.
Review by Shrike58
I'm going to admit that the second book in this series really didn't enthrall me (at least past the early scene involving an encampment of the British Army), but "Blameless" is a return to form, as the implications of Alexia, Lady Maccon's pregnancy sink into the supernatural society of London, and all hell breaks loose. Things blow up very well indeed.
Review by -Eva-
Having been spurned by her mercurial husband for becoming pregnant, since it is generally accepted that a werewolf can't breed, Lady Maccon heads to Italy to prove that her "infant-inconvenience" is in no way the result of infidelity on her part. This is such a fun series to relax with - it's not serious literature by any stretch, but it's wonderfully entertaining fluff. This installment is a step up from the last one, which suffered slightly from sophomoric syndrome, and with all the action and traveling, it has a lot less pawing than the previous ones, which I do appreciate. This is a delightful series to relax with after a heavier read and I'm looking forward to see what Lord and Lady Maccon get up to next.
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