Because I Said So: The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger

Welcome to the first post in an occasional series I’m calling Because I Said So, in which I will offer up novels for your reading consideration. I’m anticipating they will often be young adult titles, but I’m not ruling out other genres because, hey, I’m unpredictable like that. While I won’t provide a review of the books—I’m no critic, I just knows what I likes—trust that if I include it here it means I read and am fond of it.

The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger (a 3...For the inaugural post, I chose Timeless by Gail Carriger in honor of its publication a mere few days ago. And, as it so happens—I warned you—the novel is not actually young adult.

Timeless is the fifth installment of the hilarious Parasol Protectorate series, presided over by Alexia Tarrabotti, Lady Maccon, who is married to Lord Maccon, a bureaucratic-yet-dashing Scottish werewolf. They reside in the (admittedly glamorous) third-best closet of Alexia’s posh friend and vampire, Lord Akeldama. The setting is an alternate version of Victorian London that is as chock full of addlepated supernatural characters and odd steampunk machines (murderous mechanical ladybugs, anyone?) as the society papers are teeming with gossip about Lady Maccon and her escapades.

In all series-ousness, the Parasol Protectorate novels have one of the best examples of great “voice” I’ve come across. Alexia may get herself into situations unbecoming of her station in London society, but she is always diverting (and, of course, well-dressed.) Start with the first book, Soulless, and give her a try.

6 Replies to “Because I Said So: The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger”

    1. After much delay, I finally got to reiandg the rest of the series. I have Blameless, Heartless and Timeless right here, and I am almost done with Heartless, looking forward to Timeless (got them all together hah!)I fell in love with the series after seeing it on your blog, so thank you. I wanted to come and thank you and then I saw this review and I thought it was most definitely a sign ;)I adore the characters as well and am looking forward to the spin-off / sequel-ish 😛

      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the series, Ega! I loved it, too. I’m satisfied with the way it ended, and will eagerly read anything else Gail Carriger writes.

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