Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger
August 20, 2011 16 Comments
I very much enjoyed reading the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless, and Changeless is book two.
I found it a slow read and not quite as interesting as book 1. Still, I enjoyed reading it. A lot.
It can be read without first reading Soulless, but it may take a little longer to get into the story and understand what is going on.
Changeless : What it is about
Alexia Tarrabotti is now Lady Maccon, after she married Alpha male werewolf Connell Maccon. Alexia isn’t too pleased when a regiment of werewolves camp in the lawns of Woolsey castle which is now her home.
The regiment are on their way back to Scotland after fighting in India. Luckily, they don’t stay long, as Alexia has other trouble to attend to. All supernatural powers have ceased working: werewolves and vampires can only take their human forms and ghosts have disappeared altogether.
In order to seek the cause, Alexia travels to Scotland in a dirigible (a kind of zeppelin), where her husband is taking care of some business of his own. Eventually, a new machine, an aetographer, which with messages can be sent across the country, takes a special place in solving the issues.
Changeless : What I thought
Not quite as good as Soulless. This is mainly because I loved the whole new setting and characters in the first book, which I found very original. Changeless continues in a similar vein and so missed the excitement of the new.
Still, some interesting new ideas were introduced, such as the aetographer and humanization, which made the story good fun to read. There were also a few lesbians to liven up the story.
The writing is old fashioned, fitting the era the story is set in (about 1870s) but this also means it was a slow read for me. I found that a bit irritating, as the story itself didn’t warrant the savouring of each sentence.
A fun, but somewhat slow read with a number of fun ideas. Don’t be put off by the mention of vampires and werewolves… they’re people too.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got this book: bought from Book Depository
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 400
First published: 2010
Genre: fantasy, steampunk
Extra: Check out my review for the third book in this series, Blameless.