Author: Gail Carriger
Summary (goodreads): Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.
Review: I loved this book, even more than the first two. You can tell that Gail hit her stride in this book. There’s more steampunk elements and somehow she has become more pithy. And it’s wonderful. I must say, I was sad that it ended the way it did. I know there are more books in this series, but come on, such a cliffhanger! I’m not a fan of spoilers so that’s all I’m going to say!
Gail has created a wonderfully strong, humorous female character in Alexia. I have read some of her blog posts about writing and she mentioned going to extremes when mapping out a world and the characters. It’s very evident that she took her time fleshing everything out. This is some amazing world-building, and it’s set in the past! Great accomplishment!
Recommendation: Obviously, I’d like you to read the first two in the series first. After that, definitely pick this one up!