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Book 45: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Book 45: Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5).
Author: Gail Carriger, 2012.
Genre: Historical Urban Fantasy. Paranormal Romance. Alternative History. Steampunk.
Other Details: Paperback. 328 pages.

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. Until, that is, she receives a summons 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? - synopsis from publisher's website.

This proved a satisfying conclusion to a delightful series. I am a little sad to say goodbye to Alexia and Co though I feel Gail Carriger was right to limit the series to five books and to move on to other projects.

As with the other Parasol Protectorate books this was great fun; not taking itself too seriously. My only issue has ever been some conflation of the Regency period with the Victorian; though looking at her website Gail Carriger seems to be aware of this and after all it is a very minor quibble.

I also have the Soulless Manga series in my TBR pile and expect to read those later this year though do hope they will continue with these as only the first three books have been adapted to date.
Tags: alternate history, historical fiction, steampunk, urban fantasy, vampires, werewolves
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