Friday, February 4, 2011

Steampunk NAC Challenge -- Changeless by Gail Carriger

Jackie's running another mini-challenge over at Literary Escapism. Looks like I'm in for a steampunk binge! Yay!

First book up: Changeless by Gail Carriger. This is the second in the Parasol Protectorate series that began with Soulless, which you can read more about here. Carriger's series is a mix of mystery, paranormal, steampunk, and hilariously witty humor. Very tongue-in-cheek, but always proper (or not). Goes down well with a nice cup of tea!

The new Lady Woolsey is on the trail of an affliction of normalcy. As muhjah to the Queen, Alexia is now officially assigned to nose around in odd cases that concern the Crown. She follows her husband to Scotland after deducing that whatever caused the short case of human-ness in London's paranormals recently coincided with the traveling of local packs, including the now Alpha-less Kingairs. Of course where Alexia goes trouble follows and she soon finds her very life at stake. But not enough to deter the soulless heroine or her wolfman. Not even when her sister and best friend decide to travel with her!

You have to read these in order. Anyone jumping into Changeless will-nilly will find themselves more than a bit befuddled. But they're quick reads, so it's no time at all to catch up. I have to say that I'm glad I've already got number three, Blameless, on hand after the end of this one, too. It's a doozy!

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