Timeless

Timeless

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by Gail Carriger
     
 

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Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly.

Until, that is, she receives a summons that cannot be ignored. With husband,

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Overview

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly.

Until, that is, she receives a summons that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

TIMELESS is the final book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

The Parasol Protectorate
Soulless
Changeless
Blameless
Heartless
Timeless

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The Custard Protocol
Prudence
Imprudence

Finishing School (YA)
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Curtsies & Conspiracies
Waistcoats & Weaponry
Manners & Mutiny

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Editorial Reviews

SciFi Now on Timeless
"Readers will undoubtedly be content with how this charming series wraps up."
io9.com on Soulless
"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse."
Locus on Soulless
"A delightfully fun supernatural comedy of manners, with a refreshing romance thrown in - and a highly promising first novel."
Miami Herald on Timeless
"The world of Timeless is a unique recipe of steampunk and fantasy spiced with light sprinkling of romance. Its setting is rich for characters to romp about in, but the unbridled playfulness of the language and dialogue shines brightest."
RT Book Reviews on Soulless
"Spectacular debut novel...a real page-turner."
RT Book Reviews on Timeless
"Delivers what readers have come to expect: witty style paired with globe-spanning Victorian derring-do."
From the Publisher
"Readers will undoubtedly be content with how this charming series wraps up."—SciFi Now on Timeless"

Spectacular debut novel...a real page-turner."—RT Book Reviews on Soulless

"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse."—io9.com on Soulless"

A delightfully fun supernatural comedy of manners, with a refreshing romance thrown in - and a highly promising first novel."—Locus on Soulless"

Delivers what readers have come to expect: witty style paired with globe-spanning Victorian derring-do."—RT Book Reviews on Timeless "

Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series beautifully blends together alternate history, steampunk and paranormal romance into stories that are witty, engaging and fun."—Kirkus on Timeless"

The world of Timeless is a unique recipe of steampunk and fantasy spiced with light sprinkling of romance. Its setting is rich for characters to romp about in, but the unbridled playfulness of the language and dialogue shines brightest."—Miami Herald on Timeless

Publishers Weekly
Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series concludes with this uneven fifth installment (after Heartless). Two years after moving into vampire Lord Akeldama’s third closet, the soulless Lady Alexia Maccon receives a summons from the world’s oldest vampire, who requests an audience with Alexia’s soul-stealing, scene-stealing two-year-old daughter, Prudence. Accompanying them to Egypt are Alexia’s werewolf husband, Conall; the mysterious inventor Madame Lefoux; and Alexia’s best friend, fluttery actress Ivy Tunstell, and her family and colorful theatrical troupe. Back in London, beta werewolf Professor Lyall and new pack member Biffy find love in unexpected places while investigating nefarious goings-on. Steampunk inventions take a backseat to the witty and affectionate depictions of the characters and their relationships. The language is somewhat forced and overstuffed, as if the complex plot overwhelmed Carriger’s ability to string words together, but series readers will fall for Prudence and be happy with how it all wraps up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316402729
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Parasol Protectorate Series, #5
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
135,309
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe — the Finishing School series — launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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Timeless (Parasol Protectorate Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
7hir7een More than 1 year ago
I must first note that I am sad to see the Parasol Protectorate series come to a close. While it may be argued that there is not much substance to these books, I have found them to be greatly entertainingly fluff reads. The novel featured a little bit of a lot of things: steampunk, Victorian, werewolves, vampires, humor, romance, absurd situations, mystery, intrigue, adventure, and more. Alexia Tarrabotti is a preternatural, a “soulless”, whose lack of soul leads to her touch cancelling out the powers of those with excess soul. In other words, she can make vampires and werewolves mortal and exorcise ghosts. She is married to an earl, Lord Maccon, who also happens to be a werewolf alpha. At the end of the last novel, their daughter, Prudence was brought into the world. Unlike her mother, who merely cancels out supernatural power, Prudence steals it. This leads to some entertaining toddler mayhem scenes, as this novel is set a few years after Heartless. I think Timeless did a good job of tying up many of the loose ends of the series. I enjoyed the exploration of the relationship between Lord and Lady Maccon and their daughter, and their daughter’s adoptive father, Lord Akeldama. It is interesting to see how they have settled into their domestic roles in adjoining households. However, this doesn’t last long. Loyal readers of the series know that Alexia cannot stay out of trouble for too long. She receives a summons from the vampire queen of Alexandria which she cannot ignore. Thus, Lord and Lady Maccon and their daughter see off to Egypt under the guise of accompanying Ivy Tunstell’s theatre brigade. Of course, this can only end…well. While these characters are away from London, I enjoyed seeing the maturation of Biffy. I rather enjoyed what transpired between him and Professor Lyall. The mystery elements of the story were well played — the reader was only privy to the information that the main characters had, so it was hard to predict the answers ahead of time. The novel had a good bit of adventure, some thrills, and a copious dose of Gail Carriger’s signature style of humor. And through all this, Carriger manage to continue the development of her characters, not allowing them to become stagnant. While I can’t say that Timeless was my favorite novel out of the five, I enjoyed it all the same. I’m sad to see the series end, but I think it left off on a good foot and closed in a satisfactory way.
CaliforniaNookLover More than 1 year ago
Another delightful installment of one of my all time favorite series and authors. I read 3-4 books a week in many different genres. Gail Carriger consistently get a five star rating from me - which I do not give out lightly! It is rare that an author can crack me up - but I always have laugh-out-loud moments with the Parasol Protectorate.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Spoilers ahead for the Parasol Protectorate series. I'm going to miss this series. Honestly, I could praise the plot of this story -- I had some points figured out, and some I didn't -- and I could praise the continuation of the world building and the beautiful plot continuity itself. But what's the point? The reason that I have always loved this series and the reason I will always love this series is because its characters. Alexia Tarabotti is everything I want to be as I get older - smart and sassy and demanding and kind and clever and a large fan of pastries. Lord Maccon is hot and angry and kind and loving and angry and a werewolf and immortal and gorgeous and flawed and beautiful. Oh, and Biffy! Dear, dear Biffy! I was not expecting you to be so important, but oh, you were! And then your plot was beautiful and unexpected and I was so very PROUD! (Which, if you note, is a silly emotion for a character that you didn't write and had no attachment to prior to this book, but still. Perhaps it was pack pride?) Akeldama is as hilarious and intelligent as always, and Madame Lefoux is always a tricky and interesting character to read about. Prudence was perfection in the form of a two-year-old. Everything she said had me giggling or wincing on behalf of those in the room with her. Who would have thunk a two year old would be such a great character!? But that's Carriger for you. That woman could rewrite the phone book and I would read it. Her characters are always multidimensional and interesting and I've fallen in love with all of the -- even the villains, to an extent. They're just... ugh. So good. And for the record? Lord Maccon and Alexia will always be my OTP (one true pairing, for those of you not familiar with fandom terms) above every other pairing. I've never met a couple I've loved so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series but this book had some twists and turns that I felt forced the end of the series instead of gently guiding you there. It feels more like she needed to give the series a finite ending but didn't quite plan on how to do it until she had written half the book which was really sad because the rest of the series was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carriger ably wraps up her Parasol Protectorate series in this final volume. It was neat to see how she worked the God-Breaker Plague and Alexia's father into the story, as well as the evolution of Biffy's character. Looking forward to the adventures of Prudence! -- lyradora
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I really enjoyed this whole series. The writing was at a higher level than sixth grade, which I appreciate. It was witty, pithy, and generally amusing.
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Good end to one unique story. It made me laugh with the crazyness. This wasnt my favorite overall, but I always want a nice happy ending. I will be dtarting iver and reading all at least one more time.
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This book caught me up right in the beginning. It was very well written and the characters were just perfect! When I finished the first I quickly proceeded to the second book and so on, finishing the whole series in a week to my utter dismay! I absolutely fell in love with all the characters and was quite sad the series ended. Overall this book is a grrat start to a fantastic adventure into steampunk/fantasy culture
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