Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #3
Publication date: Sept 2010
Format: Paperback - 374 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Steampunk
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Alexia becomes the scandal of the London season.
Not only does Queen Victoria dismiss her from the Shadow Council, but the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by a 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.
This was the first book I read in 2013 and I have to say, it got the year off to a great start. I loved it just as much as the previous two books.
I thought the plot was a lot more exciting than the second book in the series, Changeless. Changeless was a little bit of an in-between book for me and even though I loved it regardless, this read had a more substantial plot. The settings change too as Alexia travels to Italy which was definitely fun. It made the read more engrossing as a whole because of the non-stop action. There was a little bit of a mystery side to it too. So the book would switch between Lord Maccon's Beta Lyall trying to figure out where Lord Akeldama disappeared off to and then back to vampire drones trying their best to murder Alexia.
Blameless was just as funny as the previous books in the series too. When Lord Maccon makes his appearances in the book, he is mostly drunk on formaldehyde of all things and consequently came out with the most hilarious things imaginable. Alexia was just as witty as ever too, even when her life was at stake. I loved it. I just adore books with plenty of humour in them - it makes them so much more gripping, I seriously can't turn the pages fast enough.
I was a little disappointed in how much Lord Akeldama played a part in this book. He only made an appearance towards the end and since he's one of my favourite characters I wanted to see a lot more of him. I also wanted to see more of Lord Maccon to be honest, i really enjoyed how he and Alexia interacted and there wasn't a lot of that in this read. I think he'll play a bigger part in the next book though.
Overall I loved this book. I'm definitely a big fan of this series now and I want to read all of the authors books in the future.
My rating: 10/10