I immensely enjoyed the interaction between Alexia and Conall Maccon in Soulless and I wanted more of it. From reading Soulless, I deemed the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger would not be soul-consuming. I wanted to read something that would not influence me to drop all my work. Hence, I carried on with the series.
There was still a lot of rushing about, even more talks about fashion (I didn’t think this was possible) and so much whining from Ivy and Felicity (more than once I fancied myself stuffing their mouth with a pair of socks). Professor Lyall and Lord Akeldama did not appear as much as I had hoped which was a bit of a disappointment. Can you imagine receiving a bucketful of candy then realizing that your favorite candy is not a part of it? Candy is candy but it would have been that much better with your favorite candy. You feel me?
The story line is again not very strong, at this point, I suspect it is on purpose. However, the character interaction seem to be a job well done to me. I love how obsessed some of the characters are with manners, it adds to the humor which I believe is the point.
Just as I was nearing the conclusion, I was completely thrown off track which made me want to jump right into the next book immediately. But that won’t do right? If I wanted to continue reading, I had to work to pay for ’em books. So I put my brightly lit curiosity and urge to tackle the third book aside and went to work. As such is the story of my life.
Goodreads Insert: Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
CHANGELESS is the second book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.