Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

March 21, 2015 4 stars, Audio Book, Book Review 5 ★★★★

Review: Timeless by Gail CarrigerTimeless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #5
Published by Orbit Books, Recorded Books Genres: Adult SFF, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341
Length: 11 hours, 29 minutes
Narrator: Emily Gray
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless

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, cannot 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?

The final book in the Parasol Protectorate series, Timeless was probably my second favorite book out of the five. Alexia and her little family have been living with Lord Akeldemar and they’ve all adjusted to the life of adapting to one another as well as dealing with little toddler Prudence who’s metanatural powers allow her to take on the form of a werewolf or vampire if she touches one of their kind.

– a trip to Egypt!
– a corny play starring Ivy Hissellpenny
– babies! And a toddler Prudence who is good at wreaking havoc with her ability to steal the preternatural essence from werewolves and vampires
– secrets and betrayals revealed!
– a murder most foul and an MIA butler
– we get to read from Biffy’s perspective, I loved him!
– a new romance to root for (one of my favorite parts of the book)
– a very old sad looking Queen
– heartwrenching moments!
– more excellent narration, especially loved the narration of little Prudence.

Overall, I definitely recommend the Parasol Protectorate books, especially on audio. They were such a whirlwind of fun that I’ve already snatched up the books in the authors young adult spin off Finishing School series that takes place in the same world.

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5 Responses to “Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger”

  1. Ashley

    I absolutely adore this series. The Finishing School series isn’t QUITE as fun, but they still have the wit and charm. I have high hopes for the first Prudence book that just came out this week. I have to finish my current read, but it will be next for sure!

    If you just can’t handle not having more Alexia and Maccon, the three volumes of manga are fun. They are the same plots as the first three books, but the stories lend themselves to the different format.

  2. [email protected]

    After reading your review of “Heartless” I hastened to read it, and to say I enjoyed it very much would be the understatement of the year 🙂
    So, a novel featuring both Alexia and her daughter (whose name promises to be the exact opposite of her character!) can’t be anything else but pure, unadulterated fun!

    Thanks for sharing!
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