Series: Parasol Protectorate #2
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Alexia Tarabotti, 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. 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.
My current favorite heroine, Alexia Maccon formerly Alexia Tarabotti, is back and living in wedded bliss as Lord Conall Maccon’s new bride. With her spinster days behind her, things are looking up for Alexia with her delicious werewolf husband by her side, a new job as Muhjah and appointed member of the Shadow Council (Queen Victoria’s council on all things supernatural) and becoming the female Alpha for Lord Maccon’s Woolsey pack.
But being who she is, Alexia’s new married life doesn’t necessarily mean living a settled life. After a few months after her wedding, Alexia once again is mixed up in mysterious happenings and has run-ins with a few colorful characters.
First, she wakes up to her werewolf husband yelling at the top of his lungs early in the morning (night) to a ghost. Then her said husband runs off to Scotland and Alexia is left to deal with a regiment of wolves who’ve made camp on the front lawn of her new home. On top of that, London supernatural residents have been experiencing a mysterious bout of “humanization” which causes them to start pointing their fingers at the only “curse breaker” in the vicinity. As inquisitive and intelligent as she is, Alexia sets off to figure out what’s been causing vampires and werewolves to lose their supernatural force and ghosts to be exorcised.
In the course of her inquiries, Alexia meets Madame Lefoux. The two women immediately befriend each other as Alexia is won over by Madame Lefoux’s intellectual level and her very bold choice of fashion. Meaning she’s your men attire wearing French hat maker who also happens to be a brilliant scientist and inventor. Lord Maccon even in trusted Madame Lefoux to design Alexia’s brand spanking new parasol with hidden pockets and protective gadgets.
I only had one major complaint with this book and that was the moderate amount of time Alexia and Conall spent together. One of the major factors that made me fall in love with this series was Alexia and Conall’s relationship. When she’s with Conall it’s like I’m watching a fantastic tennis match with the battle of witty, snappy and sarcastic remarks. The couple is highly entertaining to read and their chemistry is so cute, funny and totally romantic. I just also happened to miss Lord Maccon’s big, loud and gruff presence.
Once again I found myself laughing, giggling and totally engrossed in Carriger’s peculiar fantasy world, up until the very end, at which I was brought back down a couple notches and left utterly shocked and speechless. Gail Carriger ends Changeless with such a great cliffhanger that made me so glad I’d decided to purchase the rest of the series the night before because there was no way I would stand a whole night before starting the third book of the series, Blameless.
Addendum: I just have to say that I was both sad and mad at the end of this book. Lord Maccon really disappointed me. I tried to take it from his point of view but what he does was really plain mean. I literally wanted to growl at him. If only I could reach into this fantasy world and grab him by his werewolf neck and shake some sense into him. Grrr!!!