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Blameless: Parasol Protectorate #3


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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 off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's 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.

BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.


Carriger delivers the third installment in the adventures of Alexia Tarabotti and her parasol. After she's attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, Alexia flees to Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Original.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe — the Finishing School series — launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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emmejo, December 15, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
Newly pregnant Alexia Maccon may have been thrown out of her house by her overemotional werewolf husband, but she is not about to let that ruin her, despite the rumors the press is spreading and the loss of her job. While her husband wastes his time getting drunk and leaving others to try and run his pack, she is going to find a way to prove to him that the child is his, even if that means a dangerous dirgible trip to Italy (a very anti-supernatual country) and dealing with the wily Templars. The Templars once bred Soulless people like her to battle the supernatural, and are the closest thing to experts on her odd biology Alexia can find, but they are far from a safe, open group to deal with. Alexia and her companions will have stay sharp and one step ahead of their smart, secretive and heavily armed hosts.

This series may not be great literature, but is sure is fun! Carriger tongue-in-cheek humor sometimes leads this novel almost into the land of parody, and she makes no attempt to hide it, while occasionally flirting with breaking the forth wall. (An example, Alexia's step-father comments during a high drama scene "I have died and gone to the land of bad novels.")

In the first book, I thought Alexia was a thoroughly uninteresting main character, but by this point Ms. Carriger has fleshed her out and used her to guide the series into touching on more serious elements as well as fooling with caricatures and assorted genre tropes. As Carriger expands her universe, no longer is Alexia heavily constrained by the expectation of a single, tight-fisted genre. Another helpful change from the beginning of the series is giving her fascinating sub-characters to interact with, such as Madame Lefoux.
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tmyres77, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by tmyres77)
Another delightful installment in The Parasol Protectorate series! The wit and humor that defined the first two books is back in Blameless, along with the delightful Madam Lefoux and dependable Professor Lyall. Alexia's adventures in France and Italy kept the book moving at a fast pace, and the alternate settings between England and the Continent were handled quite well. I never once felt lost when the story shifted from Europe back to London. All in all, this was a fantastic romp through Victorian England and the Continent replete with fabulous inventions and quirky characters!

With no cliffhanger left dangling at the end of this book, I'm curious to see where Heartless will take Alexia ...
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Product Details

Carriger, Gail
Romance - Paranormal
Fantasy - General
Fantasy - Historical
Fantasy fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Werewolves; Victorian society; Husbands and wives; Scandal; Journeys; Pregnancy; Troubled marriages; False accusations; Abandoned wives; Vampires
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Mass market paperback
Parasol Protectorate
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6.74x4.26x1.05 in. .40 lbs.

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