Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, 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. Even when her investigations take her into the backwaters of ugly waistcoats, Scotland, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only a soulless can.
She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
After a couple of snide remarks here and there, and a few smooches or so, Conal Maccon and Alexia Tarabotti was finally wed in book one, Soulless. Now that she is Lady Maccon and Lady Woolsey, she is to live in the Woolsey Castle with her husband along with the rest of the pack.
Changeless, the second book from The Parasol Protectorate series, started off with Conal rushing off to handle a certain BUR business that requires leaving in a dash without informing her wife about it, leaving a disconcerted Alexia curious as to where he could possibly be going so early in the morning (or in the afternoon, essentially). And also, to find that the rest of the regiments from the war (also part of the Woolsey Pack) scattered about her front lawn. She, then, found out that the reason that had her husband in such a rush that morning is about a large scale humanization in London that was immediately and injudiciously assumed as her doing because, come think of it, only a preternatural can do so. But, Lady Maccon was not one to be affected by these unfounded accusations and merely dismissed them flippantly. However, as muhjah to the queen, she has rights, as much as her husband does, to investigate about such an occurence. So, by means of a dirigible, she, along with Miss Hisselpeny, Felicity, Madame Lefoux, and Mr. Tunstel, went to Scotland, where the source of humanization has been moved recently. It is also precisely where her husband went off to, but didn't informed her of it, so she wanted to know why exactly.
After some incident of food poisoning, falling from the dirigible, having a Westminister Hive spy in her allies, and having that spy shoot Lord Maccon accidentally, Lady Alexia Maccon successfully found out who the culprit is, as well as the source of the humanization plague, in the end.
Blameless did not fail to amuse and entertain me with its action-packed plot, mystery, pack/family matters, conal/alexia banters, and of course, Miss Hisselpenny's outrageous hats (my new founded favorite character). But for the first time, there is this little itty-bitty-bit part that I didn't like (only because the character was inconsiderate and prejudice), which is what happened in the ending, of course.
Oh, Conal, how could you even think of her doing such a thing? I am most upset. ;(
Anyhoo, Ms. Gail Carriger did not fail to entertain me with this quirky and witty novel. I loved it just as much as I did the first book! :)