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.
Another fantastic installment of witty steampunk fun.
What sets this third addition in the series apart from its predecessors?
We learn that being soulless doesn't really mean being emotionless.
Following the unfortunate sequence of events that concluded the sequel, Changeless, Alexia struggles from the aftermath physically, emotionally, socially and deals with the backlash from her thoughtless, selfish family.
One of my new favorite characters, Madame Lefoux, plays a more significant role when she and Floote journey with Alexia to Italy in search of answers regarding her current condition.
Fans of the sexy, beastly, Lord Maccon may be slightly disappointed in his limited appearances throughout the story, but it's to be expected considering his behavior and the circumstances at the conclusion of Changeless.
Overall, I thought this story to be a solid, entertaining addition to the Parasol Protectorate series and I'm curious to see what will occur as a result of these latest developments.
I'll be diving into Heartless soon.