Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5)
Author: Gail Carriger
Publication: March 1st, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition, 341 pages
Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction
Read: October 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a dampener on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
Plot -4.5 out of 5 stars
The magic is back people! This had everything that I love about this series and more. It’s mysterious and action packed. There are some strange and weird things happening. There’s drama and unexpected changes and some things that just made me think “ew gross.” And the ending was just incredibly bittersweet.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
There isn’t much more I could say about her amazing writing style so I’m just gonna keep it simple. It’s historically accurate, detailed, descriptive, verbose, incredibly hilarious and wonderfully imaginative. I love it, obviously.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I love all the characters in this series, even the ones that show up briefly and for only one book, because all of them give something to the series and they all leave an impression on you. Alexia is just amazing. In this particular installment, she’s curious, extremely so about her new surroundings. She’s strong, smart and determined. As always, she knows what she wants and how to get it and when in a moment of trouble, you want her around with her ability to get everyone in gear and everything in order. There’s also a few instances where she’s apologetic, which if you know her, it’s very hard to get her to do that. Conall is such a great counterpart to Alexia, although he’s not as involved in this book as I would’ve liked him to be. Because of a particular situation, he’s hurt and he wanders off alone for awhile. Of course he comes back right on time to show off his strength and his protectiveness over his family. It was perfect.
Finally reaching the ending of this series is bittersweet. But I am so happy it ended on a high note.
The plot was a little strange to be quite honest. We travel to Egypt with the Maccons, the Tunstells and some of their acting troupe. They are there to pay a visit to the infamous Queen Matakara, the oldest vampire in existence. Yeah, that sounds like insanity right? Well it is! The entire time is just crazy happenings right after another, there is so much going on at once: the God-Breaker plague that renders all supernaturals human when in its path, which causes a near death experience for Conall; there’s a kidnapping of an infant (yes, there are now infants in this series); in London, there’s a dead Scottish werewolf which then brings the appearance of Lady Kingair and Lyall and Biffy have to help her figure out who got her beta killed and that’s just the beginning! It was downright insanity. I almost couldn’t keep up with everything that was going on. There were so many twists and turns and unexpected revelations which surprised the heck out of me. You’d think it being the last book that there wouldn’t be that much more to throw you off but you’d think wrong. Because I am a greedy person, there was still a lot of things that I wanted to know about, but I feel like in general, the loose ends of the series were tied up really nicely in this last book.
Alexia is such a badass. She’s so amazing and intuitive. She has a slight new side to her personality thanks to the changes in her lifestyle and it’s amazing to see. I love how it’s just another aspect to her and that her character didn’t do a complete one eighty because of it. The only thing that bothers me a little is that she didn’t have a big character development in the series, it was more like adjustments. She’s the same person she was in the beginning of the series, which is not bad considering she was so freaking amazing in the first place, but the growth she went through is more subtle than I usually like.
There are so many other small but still crazy details that I wish I could spill my guts about but I don’t want to be such a spoilery reviewer. This is technically the spoilers section but I still want whoever reads this to want to read this book and this series so I’m just going to list things you should watch out for: Ivy, Biffy, and Floote. Keep your eyes on them when you dive into this, you’ll be glad you did.
So that’s it for this review! Yes everyone you can now all cheer because I have finally reviewed the last book in this series. There will be a small break from Gail Carriger until I manage to start reading her Finishing School series and you can bet I’m going to review all of those too. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!