It's the first book I've finished in 2016 and I'm quite happy this was it (that is, as long as the second book I finish is Blameless). Look what you've done, Gail Carriger, I am in quite a state.
"Ivy waved the wet handkerchief, as much as to say, words cannot possibly articulate my profound distress. Then, because Ivy never settled for meaningful gestures when verbal embellishments could compound the effect, she said, "Words cannot possibly articulate my profound distress."
Alexia is vexed after her werewolf husband runs off to Scotland in pursuit of an urgent matter without telling her. So she does what's entirely not expected of her and goes after him. In a manner quite unexpected, she rides in a dirigible to Scotland with her sister, Felicity, her best friend, Ivy, her handmaiden, Angelique, and the claviger, Tunstell. Unbeknownst to her, the intriguing & possibly untrustworthy Madame Lefoux. The journey to Scotland becomes quite dangerous when Alexia's life is put at risk. More than once. Alexia could only get into more trouble once she reached ground, but with her trusty parasol in hand, she just may be able to handle it.
As soon as I was done reading Soulless, I knew I needed to pick up Changeless as soon as I could. And I do mean immediately. I considered some sort of evil that the end of the first book contained a bit from the first chapter of the next. How conniving.
Naturally, I trekked to my nearest bookseller and hoped to find this installment. With luck, I was able to buy this & the 3rd book and was compelled to buy the 4th & 5th since they only had one copy of each. I resisted buying the others, however. My heart & soul protested but my wallet breathed a sigh of relief.
“She reached inside the wide ruffle and pulled out a little vial.
“Poison?” asked Lady Maccon, tilting her head to one side.
“Certainly not. Something far more important: perfume. We cannot very well have you fighting crime unscented, now, can we?”
“Oh.” Alexia nodded gravely. After all, Madame Lefoux was French. “Certainly not.”
Alexia is back and witty as ever. And what doesn't kill her, is making her stronger. Literally.
Ivy is as oblivious as ever and perfect for it. I loved reading about the journey on the dirigible. They're fascinating.
Scotland! Oh my Scotland, my favorite land. How I love that this story took place there. Though I would have killed for some more description of the castle/ scenery. This book is just as ridiculous as the first, just in a different country and I loved it just as much.
“Alexia,” she hissed to her friend, “there are knees positively everywhere. What do I do?”
- While the new cast of characters in Scotland are not as well formed or interesting as the Woolsey pack, there are some stand outs. Lady Kingair is quite the match for Alexia.
- I'm not entirely sure what to make of Madame Lefoux but I do enjoy reading scenes with her. She makes things rather interesting. It was fun seeing more of Felicity, though mostly vile as she is. I bet she was an amusing character to write.
These books are a breath of fresh air and have forever endeared me to Gail Carriger's writing.
Oh, my lordy. That ending. I can't. I'm so mad at that last perfect page! I need the next book ASAP. Of course, I should pace myself but I really don't want to do that.
Excuse me while I binge-read Blameless and ignore all other responsibilities.