The fifth and final book in Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series delivers what readers have come to expect: witty style paired with globe-spanning Victorian derring-do. The book elevates itself above prior entries in the series by neatly knitting plot threads together and manages to contain a surprise or two. Conall remains something of a brick wall, however, still doubting the loyalty of his wife, a plot device that was tired in book two.

Lady Alexia Maccon has never had a quiet life. Two years have passed since the events of Heartless; Alexia and Conall’s child is an extraordinary toddler who has the ability to steal the powers of supernatural creatures for a time. Thus, she can be vampire and werewolf both, until her mother’s soulless touch makes her human once more. But the parents aren’t the only ones doting on wee Prudence. The queen of the Alexandria hive in Egypt has an interest and as the God-Breaker Plague begins to expand from its roots there, the Maccons are once again off to explore distant lands. (ORBIT, Mar., 416 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Elise Tobler