Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger
March 6, 2012 6 Comments
I liked Soulless a lot (5 stars) and Changeless a little less (4 stars). Blameless is much like Changeless, where Alexia and her husband are separated from each other for most of the book, and have independent (but related) adventures.
Blameless: What it is about
Alexia Tarrabotti is pregnant! And her husband, Lord Maccon, is convinced the baby can’t be his, because werewolves do not procreate. He sends her away and starts drinking. He gets awfully drunk for days on end. Not on alcohol, though. His drink of choice is quite different!
Alexia spends a few days at her parents but when they find out about her situation, they don’t want her in the house any longer and she runs off. Soon she finds out that the vampires want her dead, because the child she is carrying is a threat to them.
She escapes with Madam Lefoux and Floote, the butler, to Italy. Here, she’s not safe either. Meanwhile, Lord Maccon is slowly coming to his senses.
Blameless: What I thought
This was a fun story. Lord Maccon was very unreasonable but was out of the picture for most of the story as he was too inebriated to do anything at all. So, Professor Lyall, his Beta wolf, had to lead the pack. We learned about all of his worries and about his attempts to get Maccon back to the sober world.
Alexia, meanwhile, escaped to Italy, via France. As she hadn’t travelled much, she marvelled at all the new experiences she has, but wasn’t too enthralled to not notice the vampires that are following them.
There is a short appearance of Alexia’s friend Ivy, now Mrs Tunstell, and two new characters, a German scientist and a French inventor, are introduced. To say nothing of the Italian Templars, who aren’t too happy to have Alexia amongst their people.
The writing is quite formal, Victorian-like, and this makes it a slow read for the type of story, light-hearted as it is.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got this book: won from Suzi at Steamed!
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 376
First published: 2010
Genre: fantasy, steampunk
Extra: Fits in with the Transcending Gender Reading Challenge