Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Timeless is the fifth and final book in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. I listened to the audiobook, which was wonderfully narrated by Emily Gray. Alexia Tarabotti has settled into domestic bliss; including 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 with a touch. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play cannot put a dampener on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle. At least until 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?

Timeless does a wonderful job of introducing fans of series to Prudence, the infant inconvenience, while answering many of the questions and mysteries that have arisen through the series. Readers get some long awaited closure on what well happen with some of their favorite characters in the future while enjoying a fast paced and  wildly amusing ride (as always). I greatly enjoyed the madcap journey and the wonders of Egypt, as well as the action and mysteries that needed attending to. If you have enjoyed the series thus far you need to read this book. It is entertaining and draws you in without letting go until the story is done. Of course, now I need to read the short story about Alexia's father and the new series that is just starting staring Prudence. Frankly, I can't wait!

Timeless is the perfect close to a wonderful series. Carriger's writing is like chocolate covered pretzels, so good and addictive but not necessarily vitamin and nutrient rich. Although I do occasionally dream about the world and characters for a few days after finishing any of her books. Just read, or listen to the fabulous audio version, and enjoy!

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