I’ve written a lot about Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series and its main character, Alexia Tarabotti so it should come as no surprise to readers that I love this series. I love the strong, unique main character, and I love the author’s wicked, witty voice. As much as I love this series, though, I’m able to admit that the third installment, Blameless, was weaker than the first two books. Alexia Tarabotti is as wonderful as she ever was and that wicked wit which I love so much is there in spades as well as myriad moments of adventure and danger. With all of this, the weakest book in the Parasol Protectorate series is still better than some authors’ best books. It may also cause an intense craving for pesto sauce, which has some surprising benefits. However, the absence throughout the bulk of the story of Lord Akeldama was keenly felt as was the lack of saucy interplay between Lord and Lady Maccon. I am looking forward to reading the next book, Heartless, as it promises to contain much more of both and I cannot wait to find out more about the infant inconvenience.
If you enjoy Blameless, you should definitely read the rest of the series, beginning with Soulless. If, however, you’re looking for something with a similarly strong female protagonist but without the paranormal aspect, I recommend Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series.