|Changeless is the second in the Alexia
Tarabotti series of novels by Gail Carriger. Alexia is now Lady Maccon, and must put up
with a stately home full of werewolves returned from the colonies, a husband who is
running off on business, and Ivy Hesselpenny who arrives and announces her engagement.
London is also suffering from a blight of preternatural activity, something both the
vampires and werewolves think Alexia has a hand in. Alexia knows differently. Armed with a
new parasol (an unstylish affair but suitable for close combat), she pursues her husband
by dirigible to Scotland, alone except for Miss Hesselpenny, Madame Lefoux (a possible
French spy), her half sister Felicity, and the trusty Tunstell, one of her husbands
packs servants. But the curse of preternaturalness has beaten them to Scotland, and
Alexia and Lord Maccon must solve the problem of not being able to shape change, as well
as settle a succession problem within his old pack, without recourse to the supernatural.
writes with her usual charm and wit. Once more I enjoyed being transported back to
slightly different version of London, with its werewolves, ghosts and vampires and just a
dash of steampunk. Alexia is a delightful heroine, not easily flustered, and subject to
the unwanted attentions of assassins, spies and other neer-do-wells. The
supernatural beings have their own little cliques, and Alexia fits none of them, even
though she is married to a very powerful werewolf. But she is also good friends with a gay
vampire, who is absolutely charming. For those who like a little bit of manners
with their steampunk and fangs, this is the book for you.
The book ends with a death and a pregnancy and leads nicely in to the next in the
series, Blameless. I have a signed copy waiting on the bedside table.