Monday, 6 September 2010

CBR2 Book 80: "Blameless" by Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit
Page count: 320 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Date begun: September 2nd, 2010
Date finished: September 3rd, 2010


Alexia Maccon, nee Tarabotti, has been cast off by her husband and is causing somewhat of a scandal in London. Her sister has unwisely let it slipped to some friends that Alexia is expecting, and it does not take long for the whole of society to know. As Lord Maccon is a werewolf and thus believed completely unable to father children, everyone assumes Alexia has been unfaithful. The Queen dismisses her from her supernatural council, and it soon becomes clear that all the vampires of London want Alexia dead.

Once Alexia's family discover that she's not just visiting them for a spell, but is accused of adultery, they also force her to leave, so as to not endanger the marriage prospects of her half sisters. She can't stay with the flamboyant Lord Akeldama, her gay vampire friend, as he has mysteriously vanished. She needs to prove to Lord Maccon and the rest of society that she has not been unfaithful, and that clearly the fact that she has conceived is connected to her preternatural state. She realizes that she will have to go to Italy, to see the Templars, the only people who may be able to explain her seemingly impossible pregnancy.

As mentioned on the blog before, I loved Soulless, but was a bit disappointed with Changeless. As I hoped, Blameless was more light-hearted and more in the vein of the first, and while Lord Maccon spends quite a bit of the book incapacitated, his Beta werewolf, Professor Lyall gets all the more to do instead. We also find out more about Alexia's father, and his past with the Templars. This book ends on a more conclusive note, but Carriger has confirmed that there will be at least two more books in the series, and she is rapidly becoming one of the authors I will be buying immediately upon release.

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