It took me a lot longer to finish this second book in the Parasol Protectorate series than it did the first, and I’m not entirely sure why it didn’t hold my attention as well (vacation, friend visits, work, summer?), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The same cast of oddballs and eccentrics returned with a few extra weirdos thrown in for good measure, and I’m still enjoying the world Carriger has developed wherein fantastical creatures are not only known, but accepted into Victorian society. Despite the fact that the penultimate scene wasn’t as twisty as intended (I saw it coming from miles—and months—away), and the big mystery reveal wasn’t nearly as revealing (or shocking) as it was in Soulless, the last three pages of Changeless has me itching to read number three.
No. two for no. 6 on my challenge.
Though I did find a few plot points a bit tiresome (we get it, Alexia, your father is Italian, your nose is Roman, your best friends are a flamboyant vampire and a woman with horrendous taste, and your Victorian era suitor is a smoking hot Scottish werewolf Alpha who is the picture of a perfect gentleman despite spending an awful lot of time buck naked in your presence—accept this and move on, jeesh!), this novel is clever, steamy, fast-paced, and puts a welcome new spin on some relatively old worlds.
Take it for what it is and enjoy it to the fullest.
No. 6 on my challenge. And now I’m going to have to read all of the Parasol Protectorate series.
You may be interested in this map I made:
And maybe in the books that go with it (that I did not write. Robert C. Belyk wrote them):
There! Now all you have to do is click on the pictures, buy the books, print out the map, and go creepin!
THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION TO TRESPASS. DO NOT TRESPASS, OKAY? DID YOU HEAR ME? IF YOU GET CAUGHT TRESPASSING I WILL NOT HELP YOU.
So don’t get caught, okay?