BY: Gail Carriger
SERIES: Parasol Protectorate #5
PUBLICATION: March 1st 2012 by Hachette Digital (first published February 24th 2012)
AVERAGE RATING: 4.09
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. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria 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?
This was not what I expected at all. I thought it would be better than it was. I kept seeing rave reviews over this but I was all to impressed. Most of this book I found hard to get into, though I did enjoy prudence, and I enjoyed Biffy and Professor Lyall as well. But the storyline just didn't hold much grasp on my attention. I was also getting rather annoyed with Alexias attitude in this book. And the ending was just blah for me.