Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2)
by Gail Carriger
When a mysterious plague falls upon the supernatural beings (vampires, werewolves and ghosts) in London that causes normality – vampires and werewolves are turning into normal humans, while the ghosts appear to be excised. Because Lord Connall
Maccon works for the Bureau of Unnatural Registry (BUR), he has been enlisted to help determine what is causing this plague of “humanization” among London’s supernaturals, as well as to ensure that it is not some type of weapon against the supernaturals. As if that is not enough to worry about, Alexia, who is now the Woolsey Alpha female because of her marriage to Connall, must deal with the return of the rest of the Woolsey pack, who had been fighting in the Middle East, and now are camped in her front lawn. Connall also has another issue to attend to – his old pack in Scotland has recently lost their Alpha, so he must head up there to ensure the wellbeing of his old pack and also help them choose another Alpha.
As Connall races up from London to Scotland, the humanizing plague actually leaves London, but seems to be following Connall and this plague has been affecting his old pack for the last several months.
Upon discovering the humanizing plague is following Connall on his travels and that Alexia is being eyed by the supernatural community as the potential thing causing the plague of humanization (thus potentially threatening her life), Alexia, upon the Woolsey pack Beta’s request, determines to leave London and follow her husband via dirigible with a whole platoon accompanying her. Ha, not an actual platoon, but with her is Felicity, Ivy, Tunstell, Angelique (Alexia’s maid/ fabulous hair dresser) and Madame Lefoux seems to have joined their jolly parade as well. The threats upon Alexia’s life, however, seem to be following her even after she has left London, and there is much more drama to be had upon arriving in Scotland to Connall’s old pack…
While I thoroughly enjoyed continuing Alexia’s story and spunkiness, I was not as WOW-ed by the storyline or plot in this book. I was also disappointed by the lack of sexual tension / better descriptions of Alexia and Lord Maccon’s encounters that the first book set the bar for, as well as the lack of the love/hate verbal relationship between the two that really made Soulless awesome. I loved the new addition of Madame Lefoux and her witty character, as well as dress code, and also Lord Maccon’s/ Woolsey pack Omega - Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings. :)
The word dirigible = love it. I did not know prior to this book that it is an actual word that is a synonym for blimp and zeppelin. But it is really the most appropriate word for it in the book – it just sounds right given the time era and steampunk genre.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the Felicity-Ivy-Tunstell triangle of … woe (I shall refer to it) – wow to how nasty Felicity is. I hope later on in the series, she (and Alexia’s other sister) get what’s coming to them.
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars