By Gail Carriger Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback Published: April 1st 2010 by Orbit Genre: Adult Steampunk / Paranormal / Romance Source: own copy
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, 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 to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.
She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
Bomy’s Flutter: utterly delightful
Wordlbuilding: Awesome London & Scotland XIX century steampunk setting, with paranormal elements – vampires, werewolves, preternaturals.
Characters: Alexia and her husband were as charming as ever with their banter and chemistry. I am, however, quite cross with Maccon for that bit at the very ending of the novel, but I understand his reasoning. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next novel, of course.
I was delighted some of Lord Akeldama too, Ivy was as entertaining as ever, and Madame Lefoux was a fun addition to the mix. All of Gail Carriger’s characters are fun, interesting and posses a great sense of humor, but they also have a fabulous quality: diversity. I love the sense of diversity about the whole thing, in fact.
Favorite Character: Alexia 😀
Plot: There’s a lot of mystery in the story, the whole humanization affliction and the chase to find out what’s going on with that. I loved the story, it was fine paced, eventful, fun and intriguing. The romance angle I’d say was less played upon in this novel, though there were romantic elements involved.
Writing: Third person narrative, mostly from Alexia’s POV. Gail Carriger’s writing style is gorgeous, very English sounding, filled with humor and utterly enchanting. I love it to bits 😀
Curb Appeal: Fab cover, fab blurb, fab author – instant buy material, if you ask me.
All in all, this was a great read and I’m looking forward to reading the next novel in the series. If you’re into steampunk, I think this is a definite must read.