(Parasol Protectorate #5)
Published: March 2, 2012 by Orbit
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living 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 damper 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?
This series is one of my all-time favorites. It’s the perfect mix of tea, parasols, the paranormal, and utter insanity, all wrapped up in a humorous bow! Timeless is the conclusion of the Parasol Protectorate series, but Gail Carriger will be back in 2013 with a new series about Prudence, as well as a new YA series. How does she even have time to drink tea?
Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the first 4 books!
- Prudence – Every time Prudence either appeared in a scene or opened her mouth it was hilarious! I was initially a bit worried that having a child might change Alexia and Connall, but it proved to make them even more entertaining.
- Biffy – Some scenes in the earlier books were dull when not centered on Alexia’s exploits, but Biffy’s new life is fascinating and I really liked reading about him.
- plot – This book answers questions that have been building throughout the series, and in Alexia’s life and relationships.
- nicknames – The names Prudence came up with for everyone that knows her parents are adorable!
- Madame Lefoux – Ever since a certain automaton incident, Lefoux has gone from being a cool inventor to an annoying weirdo that shows up at the most inopportune times.
- Lord Akeldama – In the last book or so, Akeldama also got annoying – ever since Alexia moved in with him and he became more of a central figure in the story. Now he’s also showing all of the irritating and sneaky sides of his personality, instead of just the amusing parts.
- “What do you call yourselves?” “The Parasol Protectorate.” Biffy smiled. “I am enthralled by the concept of a society named after an accessory. Do go on my lady.” – pg. 102 Biffy + Alexia
- Prudence grabbed her mother’s head, one chubby hand to each cheek, and directed her attention at her own intent little face. “Tunstellings! Silly,” she explained. “Eeegypttt!” Alexia nodded slightly. “I agree with you on all points, my darling.” – pg. 229 Alexia + Prudence
Great conclusion to a must-read series!