Blameless by Gail Carriger

BlamelessParasol Protectorate book  3

a review by Nalini Haynes

Blameless begins shortly after Changeless left off. Alexia is married to Conall Maccon, who, upon being told Alexia is pregnant, flew into a rage of jealousy, accused Alexia of being unfaithful and cast her out. Alexia returned to her parental home, after which the novel opens on a scene in the breakfast room.

After Alexia is thrown out of her parental home she turns to Lord Akeldama for shelter only to find he has vanished without a trace. The other vampires are not happy about Alexia’s pregnancy, believing they know what kind of child she will bear. There is a ‘bite on sight’ order placed upon Alexia’s head, which some vampires interpreted literally, much to their dismay. Alexia flees England, seeking answers regarding her pregnancy from the Templars in Italy. Madame Lefoux and Floote accompany Alexia in her flight across Europe.

Blameless is as fresh and entertaining as the previous novels. This novel ends without a cliff hanger, but fans will want to begin Heartless immediately anyway. See my review of Heartless; Heartless was the first novel I read in the series. Heartless won me over in the first chapter, making me laugh out loud although I was meeting these characters for the first time.

Read these novels if you like steampunk, action, comedy, vampires, werewolves… just read them.

Previously published in Dark Matter issue 5, September 2011.  This blog has been pre-dated to reflect the date of original publication.