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- Publisher: Little, Brown & Co
- Format: Paperback | 374 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 30mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: Massachusetts
- ISBN 10: 0316074152
- ISBN 13: 9780316074155
- Sales rank: 6,441
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.
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"New York Times "bestselling 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 her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. The Parasol Protectorate books are: "Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, " and "Timeless." "Soulless" won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).
By Maryam H 13 Feb 2013
This was the first book I read in 2013 and I have to say, it got the year off to a great start. I loved it just as much as the previous two books.
I thought the plot was a lot more exciting than the second book in the series, Changeless. Changeless was a little bit of an in-between book for me and even though I loved it regardless, this read had a more substantial plot. The settings change too as Alexia travels to Italy which was definitely fun. It made the read more engrossing as a whole because of the non-stop action. There was a little bit of a mystery side to it too. So the book would switch between Lord Maccon's Beta Lyall trying to figure out where Lord Akeldama disappeared off to and then back to vampire drones trying their best to murder Alexia.
Blameless was just as funny as the previous books in the series too. When Lord Maccon makes his appearances in the book, he is mostly drunk on formaldehyde of all things and consequently came out with the most hilarious things imaginable. Alexia was just as witty as ever too, even when her life was at stake. I loved it. I just adore books with plenty of humour in them - it makes them so much more gripping, I seriously can't turn the pages fast enough.
I was a little disappointed in how much Lord Akeldama played a part in this book. He only made an appearance towards the end and since he's one of my favourite characters I wanted to see a lot more of him. I also wanted to see more of Lord Maccon to be honest, i really enjoyed how he and Alexia interacted and there wasn't a lot of that in this read. I think he'll play a bigger part in the next book though.
Overall I loved this book. I'm definitely a big fan of this series now and I want to read all of the authors books in the future.
By LadyMacB 31 Oct 2011
"Blameless" being the centrepiece of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protection series, I had my doubts about the storyline being able to keep up with the pace of the first two installations, as well as the recent rather dramatic changes, yet I have to admit I found this book utterly flawless and so highly entertaining, my inner critic shut up for a change and just let me enjoy the ride. In a very original roundup of inter-marriage drama, turned into an almost forensic adventure that takes Alexia through half of Europe, we learn more about the characters than we ever thought, more about the history and nature of super- and preternaturals, as well as Alexia's unique state of health. An intrigueing and wonderfully funny read that joins superb world building with original fun. The slight insecurities the first two books still showed are fully wiped out, and for a change there are unignorable inclinations of the very serious, deep context that makes the light fun on top even more realistic.
A pleasure of a read if there ever was one.
By Hannah Stewart 20 Dec 2010
This is another cracking effort by Gail Carriger. We start off with Alexia Maccon stripped of everything (including her title and heavens! her job in the BUR) and forced to flee because something is trying to kill her and she no longer has the protection of her pack.
In this book, we learn a lot more about Preternaturals, a lot more about Supernaturals and a little more about the Continent during that age.
Gail Carriger just keeps pouring out fantastic 'Supernatural' fiction and is keeping my faith in the genre.
Blameless is definitely no Twilight!
"A tapestry that is simultaneously witty, charming, exhilarating and downright fun." ""fantasyliterature.com "on "Blameless"""