Timeless by Gail Carriger

10 September, 2012

You all know how much I enjoyed reading the previous four volumes of Gail Carriger’s supernatural steampunk adventures, right? No? Then scroll down to check out what I thought!

Timeless is the fifth and final volume in the series where we see Alexia Tarrabotti, wife to Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha of the Woolsey Pack, juggling motherhood with her duties as a werewolf’s wife, friend to a rising actress with a penchant for silly hats and protecting the interests of the British Empire. The infant inconvenience Prudence has inherited Alexia’s worrying abilities with a twist and has been placed under the care of Alexia’s friend and neighbour, the dandy vampire Lord Akeldama who is best suited to take care of and placate the wee one. Her parents are on hand to visit and take charge but Prudence’s ability to steal any supernatural’s powers with whom she comes in contact is both terrifying and taxing.

When Alexia receives a summons from an ancient vampire Queen, she travels to Egypt with her husband and friends to pay her respects and to also try and find the origin of the God-Breaker Plague which has been spreading and threatening the supernatural community.

And while the Maccons are prancing around Egypt, Professor Lyall and Biffy are left in charge and uncover evidence that leads everything back to Alessandro Tarrabotti: enigmatic, evil and Alexia’s father.

And so we come to the final volume of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. We finally get to the bottom of the enigma that is Alessandro Tarrabotti and trace his last project to what is afflicting the Egyptian supernaturals. We see structural changes to the Woolsey pack that is both emotional and yet satisfying. And above all, we get to meet Prudence, Alexia and Connall’s daughter who is a true delight.

I really enjoyed this book and am sad to say goodbye to the characters, many of whom I’d like to know a whole lot better. Maybe some day?

The other books in the Parasol Protectorate series:

9 Responses to “Timeless by Gail Carriger”

  1. I must read the second one – really enjoyed no.1.

  2. Carl V. Says:

    I always enjoying seeing these covers whenever one gets released. I should actually read them some day. I had no idea she was actually ending the series, I thought this might be like Butcher’s Dresden series and just go on and on. Its actually not a bad thing to see a series end, and yet it can also be sad when you really connect with the characters and stories.

    • sakura Says:

      True. I’ve heard a lot about the Dresden series but haven’t tried them yet. But I do think that at some point people want some closure…

      • Carl V. Says:

        I agree. I actually prefer most series to end with no more than three books. Unless it is something like a mystery series where it is just the detective solving mystery after mystery. I don’t mind that so much. But generally I run screaming away from anything that goes more than 3 books.

  3. Iris Says:

    I read the first in this series. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I’ve yet to pick up the other books in the series. I keep telling them I’m saving them for a moment when I need some comfort reading. Hopefully I’ll enjoy them as much as you did.

    • sakura Says:

      They are definitely comfort reading and reminds me a lot of Japanese manga which I grew up reading. Perfect for times when you need to give your brain a rest!

  4. Violet Says:

    I read Soulless because someone told me it was steampunk and I was curious. I didn’t feel compelled to read any more books in the series. 🙂

    • sakura Says:

      Haha, I didn’t really think this would be your type of book, Violet. I’m not that familiar with steampunk although I really enjoyed G.W. Dahlquist’s The Glass Books of the Dream-Eaters which I think is described as steampunk. But am curious to read more!

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