Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, awakens to find her werewolf husband yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, so even when her investigations take her into the backwaters of Scotland, she is prepared. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
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Siouxiebloo... I am a total & utter bookworm, reading Chicklit through to Classics & am always looking out for any up & coming new writers!
Love love love this series! Have already purchased the next one & can't wait to get started!
I enjoy reading books from right across the spectrum, Classics through to chicklit, Im always prepared to give any author a chance but immediately I started into the first of these books I was hooked. Great leading lady, enjoyable plotline, & a few chuckles along the way, what more could you want. ...
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
Alexia Tarabotti has moved from the social wilderness her spinsterhood, unfortunately dark complexion (courtesy of her Italian father), her overly-endowed figure and her status as a preternatural (also know as curse-breaker or soul-sucker) had condemned her to, to the centre of society by her transformation into Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, wife to the most powerful werewolf in England.
Gail Carriger uses this transformation to continue to twist steampunk Victorian tropes into something new and wryly amusing while still fundamentally human and engaging (even if the “humans” are, for the most part, werewolves and vampires).
There is rumbustious, satisfying and frequent marital sex, above and beyond the call of duty. There is an ancient curse that afflicts only the supernatural. There are big, hairy Scottish men in pretty tartan skirts. There is a hatshop that is more than it seems and a cross-dressing French milliner who makes Alexia’s skin tingle in the most surprising way. There are parties to unwrap Egyptian mummies and long-standing werewolf feuds up the Highlands of Scotland. There are dirigibles, bizzar communication devices and weaponised parasols.
“Changeless” charges along like Alexia Maccon herself, powered by good-humoured confidence, buoyed by a loving, sexually satisfying marriage and focused on sorting out the whole curse thing with the minimum amount of fuss.
The whole thing is great fun, right up to the final chapters, when facts emerge, the reaction to which sweeps away the very foundation of Lady Maccon’s world.
“Changeless” is a remarkable achievement in sustaining a humorous tone despite dealing with serious matters, while delivering a plot that continues to surprise and characters that grow more vivid by the page.
Wonderful story, and well read.
Just a little frustrating that the reader changed her pronunciation of a character's name from the first book - I'd become used to her reading "A-keel-dama", and then in book 2 it became "A-cull-darma"...
Oh well - another reason to get book 3... ;-)
Love the narrator, perfectly pitched and posed, ideal for the period of the book. The humour, characters and attention to detail are all captivating and it moves at pace.
"Fabulous development, love this series!!"
I love Gail because she writes what we think in a fun, flirtatious manner that makes one want to live in the world in which the characters do just to be able to say and do what they do.
The mystery is delicious and the development of the world which had been created in book 1 is both absorbing and outlandish! The new characters are great too!
Tricky without giving out an spoilers, needless to say nearer the end featuring the main characters.
Mystery in the North, the new Lady Maccon investigates!
Buy it, immediately!
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