Book Review: Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5) by Gail Carriger

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?

Release Date: March 1, 2012
Age Group: Adult
Source: Purchased

What a fantastic end to a great series!  I was so happy the entire time I was reading Timeless.  I didn't want the story to end, it was so good.  I found myself trying to read more slowly, to make the pleasure last, but in the end, I just had to know what happened so I sped my reading pace back up.

I just love the way Carriger writes.  Her writing is smart, witty and just a lot of fun.  I smile a lot while reading her books, and usually laugh out loud several times during each novel.  I love that!

But the Parasol Protectorate is not all fluff.  There is a substantial plot, which is very deeply layered and grows throughout the series.  I love the way everything came together at the end.

The secondary characters are what made this series great for me.  I love Alexia for her pragmatism, but she doesn't inspire a rabid following: she's just too sensible and unemotional.  Becoming a mother does soften her up quite a bit, though.  But, my favorite parts of this series featured Ivy and Lord Akeldama.  I thought their story arcs were so well done, especially the surprise about Ivy at the end.

I would highly recommend the Parasol Protectorate.  I really look forward to reading more from Gail Carriger. 

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