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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The third novel of the Parasol Protectorate returns the series to the course laid out in the first book with a fast-moving plot, snappy dialogue and best of all, a heroine who has agency. Instead of letting events drag her around the continent, Alexia decides what she’s going to do at nearly every step of her journey, and her increasing level of outrage at the affronts to her person are delightful to read (while managing to be harrowing at the same time).
After Alexia Maccon leaves her husband’s home and moves back in with her awful family, a series of even more awful things happen to her: Her inconvenient condition becomes known to all of London; she is dismissed from the Shadow Council; and Lord Akeldama goes missing Then the attempts on her life begin. All the while, Lord Maccon is managing to become more and more drunk — quite a feat for a werewolf — and his beta, Professor Lyall, must hold the pack together.
Alexia flees to Italy in the hopes that the Templars will be able to provide some explanation for her condition, not realizing that they may be even worse than the vampires. (ORBIT, Sep.,384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: September 2010