Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Potential Spoilers here folks, so if you haven’t read Changeless, Soulless, Blameless or Heartless do not read on. Instead, go buy her books or borrow them from your local library!

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in 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?

~ Timeless Back Cover

I read the final installment to Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series with a mixture of excitement, joy, and sadness. I absolutely love the series. I couldn’t wait to see how Baby Maccon would change everything. I wasn’t let down.

I love Baby Maccon’s names. All of them, including the nicknames. Gail Carriger has so much fun with Lord Akeldama refusing to use people’s names in general, turning instead to strange endearments, and his particular endearment for Baby Maccon is absolutely brilliant: a fashionable mixed-dog breed, it perfectly summarizes Akeldama’s relationship with Baby Maccon entirely.

The book made me cry when it dealt with Alexia and Lord Maccon’s relationship, and it made me smile with the new ones developing. The science in this book was pertinent to everything in it, explaining questions developed throughout the book. There were some unexpected twists near the end that made me think back to other (now more obvious) statements and facts from the first books. Foreshadowing was there, but I didn’t guess how it applied in the end. I love it when that happens.

At the end of the series, I am left with three questions pertaining to the characters. 1. How did Akeldama leave the hive originally? 2. Will he be in any other of Ms. Carriger’s Books? And for some unknown reason, I really relate to the way Alexia handles raising a child. Is Akeldama around to adopt any future progeny?

Long live the Parasol Protectorate.


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