Timeless by Gail Carriger

     Review by: Lisa

Title:  Timeless

Author:  Gail Carriger

Collection:  Adult Paperback

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, must answer a mystifying summons to Egypt from the world’s oldest vampire. Meanwhile back in London, beta werewolf Professor Lyall and new pack member Biffy find love in unexpected places while investigating nefarious goings-on.

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. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria 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?

This is the fifth and final book in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, which began in 2009 with Soulless.  Carriger delivers again with a novel that is often comedic, sometimes suspenseful, and always witty.  Fans of the series should have no fear.  According to Ms. Carriger’s websit, there is a next generation series to look forward to: “I’m writing the first Parasol Protectorate Abroad book right now, Gentle Reader, set in 1895. There are the usual pauses for research and as I thought you might enjoy a look at the rabbit holes I have been chasing over the past month in pursuit of fodder for Prudence. Mostly so she can insult it or blow it up, you know how these things go.”

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