Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Parasol Protectorate #5: Timeless Review

Title: The Parasol Protectorate #5: Timeless

Author: Gail Carriger

Date of Publication: March 2, 2012

Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, E-Book

Synopsis: Taking place two years after the birth of baby Prudence Alexia Maccon has received summons to visit Queen Matakara, the oldest vampire still alive. Along with her husband, baby Prudence, Ivy Tunstell, Ivy's husband and children, and their entire acting troupe they arrive in Egypt under the cover of preforming a play for Queen Matakara. It appears that the God-Breaker Plague has expanding in Egypt and Alexias deceased father seems to have had something to do with it. Now Alexia, with the help of Professor Lyall and Biffy, must right her father's wrongs and discover the truth of the God-Breaker Plague before it's too late.

My Review:

Timeless has easily become my favorite novel in the Parasol Protectorate series, from alternating perspectives between Alexia and Biffy to the Egyptian setting I loved every second of this book. While the middle books in this series never quite lived up to the first book, Timeless was just as good, if not better, than Soulless.

One of my favorite things about this novel was that part of it was from Biffy's point of view, one of my favorite secondary characters it was refreshing to read from his point of view. I absolutely adored the romance between Biffy and Professor Lyall, they were perfectly suited for each other and I would absolutely love a spin-off novel about them. Prudence was another of my favorite characters, just as stubborn and contrary as Alexia I couldn't help but love the little girl.

Carriger did a fantastic job wrapping up the series, leaving no loose ends and the majority of the characters happy; it was a satisfying ending to the series. Timeless was the perfect blend of action and romance, just as exciting as previous books with a bit more romance than usual. I am a little disappointed that we never learned more about Alexia's mysterious father but perhaps his story will be continued in the future books focusing on Prudence.

A great conclusion to the series, The Parasol Protectorate is a fantastic series that fans of the paranormal and fans of romance can enjoy. I highly recommended the Parasol Protectorate series, it is a series that will not disappoint and will leave readers eager for the follow-up series focusing on Prudence.


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