Blameless by Gail CarrigerBlameless by Gail Carriger

Blameless

byGail Carriger

Mass Market Paperback | September 1, 2010

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Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.
BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
New York Timesbestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in ...
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Title:BlamelessFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.25 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316074152

ISBN - 13:9780316074155

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked this one it was one laugh after another.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Supernatural steampunk scandal in Italy Gail Carriger's third parasol protectorate is as delightful as its predecessors. The usual magic, but magic all the same- this time combined with the added charm and hilarity of an unexpected pregnancy!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep your Parasol Handy, you're going to need it Lady Alexia Maccon should have been at home with her husband Conall celebrating her pregnancy; instead she is traipsing across Europe with her ever unflappable butler Floote and with her female inventor friend Genevieve Lefoux. It seems that Lord Maccon, as well as the rest of knowledgeable society, believe that an essentially dead werewolf couldn't sire legitimate offspring. Yet, for some unknown reason this pregnancy is not being celebrated amoung the supernaturals of London. Sorry, I don't feel that I can say more without getting into some serious plot activities. This third installment of the Parasol Protectorate series has brought back some of my favourite characters. Of course, Alexia is in more than fine form. She is peeved at her husband, yet misses him at every turn, even though she is not prepared to admit such to anyone. For much of the book, it is Lord Akeldama absence that keeps me guessing. He is such a staunch supporter of Alexia, yet when he is needed most, he is nowhere to be found. And finally there is Floote, butler/secretary/librarian. He worked with/for Alexia's father for years and he is there for her. He has depths that this story just starts to touch on. I loved this book. I poured through it and found myself near the end long before I was ready. There was so much build up of events, that I found the final resolution a bit too quick. I had expected Lord Maccon to play more of a role in the final events. Even though I wanted more, the solution to the 'events' was quite in fitting with the characters involved. I am now looking forward to listening to the audiobook version of Heartless, the forth novel in this series. For those who have read this book, in the future I will not be looking at ladybugs with the same indifference.
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous third installment in Alexia's story!! Gail Carriger continues to delight with her terribly clever, witty and ingenious story of Alexia Maccon's adventures! In the third outing of the Parasol Protectorate, Alexia flees England in the wake of a public announcement - in the newspapers, no less!! - of her delicate condition, and the fact that her husband has turned her out, which suggests that he doesn't believe the "infant inconvenience" as Alexia things of her new addition, is a result of his involvement. Also, the attempt on her life by a flock of mechanical ladybugs was most annoying, and provided additional encouragement for a trip abroad! On the hope that she may be able to obtain more information about how this supposedly impossible occurrence has occurred there, Alexia travels to Italy, where the Templars are ensconced, the Templars, apparently having the more comprehensive archives on soulless individuals, as well as all things supernatural. The downside, unfortunately, turns out to be the fact that the Templars see Alexia as a specimen to be investigated, not necessarily in one piece! While Alexia adventures in Italy, Lord Maccon, his pack and the various other involved parties are dealing with the confusion around the sudden disappearance of Lord Akeldama and his entire hive, as well as investigations into why the vampires seem to be so very determined to kill Alexia - most impolite! The third installment of this delightful series has lost none of its quirkiness, sense of wonderfully clever dry humor, or the interesting storyline of the people in the alternate Victorian reality Carriger has created! A terrific read, and I can't wait for the next installment to arrive in July.
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and Fun Pros: quirky characters, action Cons: soap opera feel As this is the 3rd book in the series, the synopsis contains spoilers. This is not a book you can pick up without having read the previous two. Alexia, Lady Maccon, begins this book at her mother's abode, being estranged from her husband due to the 'baby inconvenience'. Though faithful, her husband's werewolf state ought to make him unable to father a child. The vampires aren't happy about Alexia's pregnancy, and without the protection of the Woolsey Pack she's in trouble. So she does what any self-respecting soulless would do while under attack - take a trip to the continent to see if anyone there can explain how she conceived. While the characters are still quirky, their personalities are toned down a bit in this novel so at no point do they grate on your nerves (which happened a few times in Changeless). The plot, while organic as per the other books in the series, feels a bit tighter in this book. Carriger's writing, already good, has improved. The only 'negative' I had was that the story is starting to feel like a soap opera. Which can be fun, but can also go too far. It's worked so far, I hope Carriger can keep the books from becoming farcical rather than pleasantly campy.
Date published: 2011-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read A throughly enjoyable read with highly entertaing characters and an excellent installment in the series. I can't wait for the fourth book.
Date published: 2011-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing lead up to the fourth title of series. Blameless the third title in Gail Carriger' s ever amusing Parasol Protectorate series did not disapoint but left me feeling more as though I was reading a perfectly adequate and enjoyable bridge between the second title of the series and the upcoming fourth—Heartless. If the authoress’ intention was to leave readers dying to get their hands on Heartless, she succeeded—beautifully. After reading Blameless I feel as though July 2011 (Heartless’ release) is a lifetime away. I love these books so much and their quirky characters more so that I aggressively recommend them to anyone who can’t run away fast enough. Because I am such an ardent supporter of the series it almost feels wrong of me state any complaints I have with Blameless. But I have a few qualms this time around that I feel the need to express. Firstly, while I find the general pace of novels usually leaves the story really taking off, so to speak, after the first fifty to one- hundred pages. I found Blameless to be the opposite-- I felt as though the plot didn’t take off until the last one- hundred pages. I did really appreciate the subtleties throughout the entire novel though, which cement my view that this is a bridge between books two and four. Or dare I say it: A giant prologue to Heartless? When I read a novel I don’t really want to be pondering the next book the entire time. I generally save next book pondering for nearer to the end and profound little bits along the way. Also, like many reviews I have read I feel Lord Maccon did not grovel anywhere near enough... or at all really. Like most readers I view the title’s protagonist, Alexia, as a strong willed and independent gal and I just didn’t think she would take him back so readily. I get why she did—I do, but, I could have waited for that to happen. I would have liked to see that in the next title. This review is not just filled with complaints though. I was thrilled to see Prof. Lyall as such a major part of Blameless. He is a personal favourite. I also enjoyed seeing Floote more center this time around. He is a gentleman with many things to share and I cannot wait for Heartless and Timeless (book 5) to see what those things are. Even though Lord Akeldama was absent for the majority of the story I find the plot surrounding him ever intriguing. I have to say out of curiosity, having never heard the name akeldama before, I did a little googling. I have to say what I found perturbed me. That being said I still love him—hope I am wrong—but still love him. The Characters of the Parasol Protectorate truly and consistently make the series. Overall, this was a good read leaving me with a great expectation for the next title in the series.
Date published: 2010-09-04

Editorial Reviews

"This is as much fun as the previous two books."-Charlaine Harris on Blameless