Written by: Gail Carriger
Released: September 1, 2010 by Orbit
Summary: 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.
I love this series, I really do. I cannot wait until the fourth book comes out, but that’s not until next summer so I have a while to wait. It’s the characters and the situations that make this series, and this book, what it is and I see it only getting better. I mean, a book where dirigibles rule the skies and supernatural creatures are organized and in the public eye is amazing.
After reviewing the previous two books, I don’t know how much more I can say. This novel followed the perfect recipe that the previous had laid down on paper (literally). The characters interact so well and weave this wonderful story, credit going to Carriger of course; it’s so easy to get lost in it.
Alexia in this book was developed even further and you were able to see more into her familial past. It was interesting to see her take in her historical country – Italy – and read her reactions to their difference in both style and food. Then of course there is Lord Maccon. It was hilarious to read the scenes where he’s drunk, but even inebriated and completely infuriated it shoes how much he loves Alexia.
I can’t wait to see what happens for next, but for now I’m just going to give this a 9/10. I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants something a little different but something that will still be amazing and entertaining.