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Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) (edition 2012)

by Gail Carriger

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Orginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.

The Parasol Protectorate is one of my favorite series to date, so I was super excited for Timeless for so long. I love Alexia, Conall is one of my favorite book boyfriends, and the entire cast of characters, including the Maccon family's new addition, are wonderful. I love the change in scenery to Egypt, while keeping the action at home in London fresh and moving forward by splitting the POV with Biffy. Biffy! Wonderful, cravat wearing, fashion conscious Biffy. He really made the book for me, and was lovely to follow as Alexia's adventures in Egypt took a turn for the crazy. (As they tend to do.) The main plot itself didn't feel as though it was totally thought out, but as always, Alexia and the cast of characters I've grown to love make up for it. ( )
  strongpieces | Apr 18, 2012 |
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The final Parasol Protectorate novel and just as much fun as the others. Alexia and Prudence are summoned to Egypt. Havoc ensues both amongst them while abroad and back in London during their absence. Secrets are discovered and changes abound. All in all a worthy finale. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
This is the 5th and final book in the Parasol Protectorate series - loose ends are being tied up, questions answered and storylines concluded. As a result, this is probably the busiest book of the series, a lot of different things are going on in different places and, in my opinion, it affected the flow of the story somewhat. However, it was still an enjoyable read overall, with lots of intriguing events, beautifully imagined contraptions (loved the Drifters with their balloons!) and the usual attendant fun, frivolity and sheer nonsense that you'd expect from this series. I like Carriger's unfailing sense for the absurd and I will miss the engaging characters she's created. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really like this series and I think this might be the best book of all. It had lots of twists and wasn't at all predictable. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Timeless is is the fifth and final novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.

Things have settled in London. Lord and Lady Macon have an established routine with Lord Akeldama, even though their daughter Prudence is a handful for all of them and bound to cause quite an uproar wherever she goes. But then Alexia and her family, particularly Prudence, are summoned to Egypt by the oldest living vampire. Taking the Tunstells and their theater group as cover, they all travel to Alexandria together.

Timeless is a very nice ending to a fun series. I didn’t like all things about it, but altogether I did enjoy it a lot.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2015/12/05/timeless-gail-carriger/ ( )
  kalafudra | Dec 14, 2015 |
So this is purported to the be the last book in the Parasol Protectorate which made me very sad b/c clearly there is a lot more story to be had here.

The Beta from the Kingsair pack has been murdered, the Queen of the Alexandria hive has requested Prudence and Alexia visit, and an interesting relationship develops between Lyal and Biffy. I loved watching the relationship between Lyal and Biffy develop, they were so frakkin cute. Alexia and Macon's relationship still felt a little bit stagnant at times but the adventure was definitely interesting. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
So this is purported to the be the last book in the Parasol Protectorate which made me very sad b/c clearly there is a lot more story to be had here.

The Beta from the Kingsair pack has been murdered, the Queen of the Alexandria hive has requested Prudence and Alexia visit, and an interesting relationship develops between Lyal and Biffy. I loved watching the relationship between Lyal and Biffy develop, they were so frakkin cute. Alexia and Macon's relationship still felt a little bit stagnant at times but the adventure was definitely interesting. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I'm sad and at the same time relieved that this series came to an end.

Timeless surprised me in a lot of ways. I didn't expect the gory details, the explosive violence and a few very serious scares Alexia experienced. Suddenly the flirtatious funny writing style we're so used to fell away, and everything became all too real. I can't say I liked it, but I can also say that perhaps that turn to seriousness and sadness was what made us believe that Parasol Protectorate is no more.

This is a very short review, because I do not want to give you any spoilers. Timeless might not get high marks from me, but don't be mistaken, - it's a good book in a good series for a steampunk beginner. Everything is light, flitty and amusing, there are not too many gadgets or details, but they are there among the peculiar Victorian mannerisms, rivers of tea and mountains of biscuits.

You'll get your dose of adventure, Ivy's hats and even a happy end for poor Biffy, but the book has its limits, and I think Gail with her writing style was as constrained by them as we were as a reader.

We are both ready for a bigger and better adventure and deeper, more complex story.. I hope Etiquette & Espionage will deliver that next year. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
I love these books! I've read a lot of books that feature vampires and werewolves, but I've never met characters like these in any other series. And I've certainly never encountered any other vampires and werewolves living in Victorian England! I really enjoy the author's sense of humor, and I hope her next series is just as much fun. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
Terrible. Couldn't finish ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
I LOVE the Macon family. Little Prudence is just the cherry on the sundae of this family. As always our cast of supporting characters were their lively lovely selves. I did enjoy the foray into Biffy and Layall story a bit. I'm still a bit confused as to the goings on with Floote. I would definitely like to go back and reread this series from the beginning. I find it highly entertaining and I love the characters more and more in each installment.

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  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
Synopsis: Alexis's daughter, Prudence, is a bit more than any of them expected. Precocious and stubborn, her touch changes immortals and that makes her quite dangerous to all involved. Alexis's sister tells reveals a secret that could tear apart the pack and Alexis's marriage. The queen of the Cairo hive demands a visit from Prudence, which leads to murder, kidnapping and more hats.
Review: I hate that this is the last book in this series. This book was very well written and concluded the storyline very nicely; although it does leave openings for other tales. ( )
  DrLed | Apr 8, 2015 |
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Woo! Binge read complete! Having finished a series feels good, even though my feelings on this series are really mixed. It’s been a fun listen all the way through, from love to rage to annoyance, but, even so, I do rather wish I’d stopped after the first book. It would stand alone perfectly well, and the series never got any better than that one was for me. The conclusion to the series is satisfying, but I am not without quibbles.

Timeless, in the time-honored tradition of avoiding the boredom that babies present from a narrative perspective, opens two years after the prior Parasol Protectorate novel ended. Since Alexia’s daughter Prudence has matured a bit faster than most kids, she’s now able to talk and to be fairly interesting. As young kids go, I like her. How can I not feel some kinship with a girl whose favorite word is “no”? According to my parents, I went through that phase too and it was lengthy. Props to Carriger for managing to write about both pregnancy and a toddler in a way that I don’t find tedious. What makes this possible is Alexia’s lack of maternal instincts. She loves her daughter, but also acknowledges that Lord Akeldama, Florence’s legal guardian, is a much better parent than she.

Prudence doesn’t serve much of a purpose to the plot, but she is an amusing figure. She basically just wreaks havoc, running around and stealing people’s paranormal powers. She is, however, the means of getting the plot to Egypt. A vampire queen wants to meet with young Prudence and apparently this is an invitation that cannot be resisted, so off go the Maccons and the Tunstalls. The Egyptian setting is awesome and, plot-wise, I thought this novel was the strongest, aside from perhaps Soulless.

So far as tone goes, I think if you’ve loved the whole series, then you’ll be delighted with the conclusion. I’m just not as impressed with the series as everyone else is. I feel like plot and characterization are regularly sacrificed in the pursuit of drama or laughs. A book can be hilarious and dramatic without needing to make characters behave uncharacteristically.

Oh, I did get my gay ship finally. That’s the best thing about Timeless. Gay werewolves! I ship it, though honestly it would have been difficult to get me to not ship the gay werewolves. However, they’re so sweet to each other and I totally approve. That said, I’m not sure how I feel about Biffy being an alpha. He doesn’t seem to have the personality for it, and it seems like another example of someone acting out of character for some laughs. On the other hand, Ivy Tunstall becoming a vampire queen is hilarious.

Two things irritated me greatly in Timeless, both to do with Conall Maccon. First, there’s the fact that he learns Alexia lied to him for his own good. He’s angry and runs off and considers sundering their marriage again. He should be mad and should tell her not to do that again, but to my mind she has a free pass since he dumped her for being pregnant with HIS child. How did she not point this out even? Grrrrr. Then there’s the death fake out. Conall dies, but just kidding. Apparently even as a human he can be shot a couple of times and fall a great distance to the ground without dying. Yeah. Right. This is such bullshit both plot-wise and believability-wise. FAIL.

There you have it, folks. The Parasol Protectorate series is a great deal of fun, particularly on audio. However, the first book is, in my opinion, the best one and it might be advisable to quit while you’re ahead.

*dramatically closes parasol* ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Apr 6, 2015 |
3 ½ Stars ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
I was sad to come to the end of this series and grateful that there was a twist or two at the end! Alexia's brand of pragmatism and forthrightness in the face of the supernatural just brings a smile to my face. I wish there had been a little more of the relationship between Alexia and Connell at the end - issues of trust were raised but not really resolved. Overall it has been a fun ride with Lord and Lady Maccon. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jan 25, 2015 |
Description: 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?

Thoughts: I will first warn all readers that, from this point on, there are going to be plenty of spoilers. So, if you haven't read Heartless or Timeless and would prefer to not have them spoiled, then STOP HERE. You were warned.

And then Timeless. Well, I did compare Alexia to Amelia Peabody, but that idea seems to be taken a mite too far when Alexia et al up and pop off to Egypt! Luxor AND mummies? I expected Emerson to show up any moment to run the "tourists" off his excavation site.

The highlight of Timeless was undoubtedly Biffy. Shining little star, although he's been that for quite a while now. And thank god he and Lyall finally got together because once I figured out that Ivy and Lyall weren't... suited for each other, I decided Biffy and Lyall would make an excellent couple. Now, the stupid "I have to leave you to go off to Scotland" thing was infuriating, but whatever. At that point, I just had to go with it.

So many parts of Timeless felt totally off kilter to me. Floote was a wanton assassin of werewolves? I mean, we knew he was a secret badass, but he loves Alexia and the knowledge of her discomfort at such a thing should have been enough to stop him from following through, right? It broke my heart to see him go bad, even if it wasn't for his own selfish reasons but on orders from Alexia's father.

But anyway, I kept muddling through, thinking "Ok, this has gotten ridiculous and characters are being tossed all over the place, but it's still a little exciting and funny, so I'll play along." And then.... then IVY TUNSTELL became a vampire hive queen?!?!?!? Excuse me? What book am I reading here? This just can't be happening! It was so ludicrous that I gave up trying to make sense of it from that point on.

For example, Goldenrod? I get that that was Lord Akeldama, but what did he have to do with Alexia's father, the God Breaker Plague, and the mysterious Drifters? How in the world could that just be left hanging? Unless that was a set up to The Parasol Protectorate Abroad series that Carriger is writing about Prudence? Which would be a dirty trick.

I just... well, I just don't know what to think, really. I had a lot of fun with the first 3 books, even the second one that was disappointing, but in more of a boring way than in a "this series has gone off the rails kind of way." But these last two felt like they had lost the thread a bit, that characters were being pushed in directions that didn't make that much sense for them, which left the plots feeling forced. I don't know. I hate that I wasn't as enamored as I wanted to be. Maybe that's really the biggest disappointment.

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1 vote leahbird | Jan 13, 2015 |
This was much better than the fourth book. However the trip to Egypt cemented the connection to the Amelia Peabody books. They even have super precocious child who keeps getting into trouble. ( )
  caittilynn | Jan 1, 2015 |
A lovely end to the novels. I loved the twists and turns, especially all the final outcomes for everyone. I'm sad to see the series end... perhaps we could get some novellas for the side characters in the future? ( )
  ladypembroke | Nov 22, 2014 |
The last book in the series doesn't let up in the learning about Alexia's father and the role he played in the wider supernatural society. Of course Alexia dumps everything on its head when Ivy's daughter is kidnapped in error instead of her daughter the Soulbreaker. After finishing the book I feel like the series has come to a good conclusion. Of course I want to see more of the characters but I don't feel as if I am left hanging about their futures. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
When I tried to order book 6 of the series, I was stunned to realize Timeless was the last book in the Parasol Protectorate. I enjoyed the characters, the world, the adventures so very much, that I just knew it would go on forever. Alas, no.

Fortunately I figured out there were no more books when I was half way through Timeless. I then switched to the “If I read slower, this series will never end” reading mode. Alas, this did not work for long—

In part because the various threads of the book were so ripe with tension that I just had to know what happened next. I had not realized until half way through Timeless how fraught all the main characters’ situations had become. Alexia Maccon is off to Egypt, Prudence and Lord Maccon in tow, summoned by the world’s oldest vampire, the Queen of the Alexandria Hive. Alexia’s excuse/disguise is Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe. Her escort from the Woolsey Hive is Madame Lefoux.

Conall Maccon leaves efficient Professor Lyall in charge of the London Werewolves, Biffy is in charge of Madame Lefoux’s hat store. Lord Akeldama is surviving the loss of a closet. Lady Kingair is in Scotland, Floote is still not telling all he knows, Victoria is still on the throne. All would seem right in the world, expect Felicity Loontwill, the fly in everyone’s ointment, causes trouble, Biffy falls in love, Alexia and Conall fight, Prudence should have been kidnapped – oh, by the middle of Timeless, it’s all a dreadful mess.

But Gail Carriger solves all the problems perfectly. And being Gail Carriger, she doesn’t just cleanly solve each problem with the swipe of a magic wand. No, the solutions are convoluted and complex which is ultimately so much more satisfying - don’t you agree?

So, although I deeply regret the adventure is over, I am delighted to pronounce it was a thoroughly satisfying, wonderful, wild ride in a world that I really wish did exist or had existed or will exist. ( )
  dibs139 | Jun 13, 2014 |
I'm sitting down to write my thoughts on Timeless by Gail Carriger just after spending two hours drinking tea and listening to her talk about writing, self publishing (Crudrat) and audio books. The event will be over and done with by about two weeks by the time this review is posted.

Anyway... Timeless is the last of the Parasol Protectorate series. Though characters in the series might / will / do show up in other books, this is the end of Alexia and Conall's story. Prudence, who makes her debut as a talking, feisty toddler who is thankfully not annoying like Ramses, will be getting her own series dubbed the Custard Protectorate in March 2015.

Lord and Lady Maccon are summoned to Egypt by a vampire queen who shall not be ignored. As it seems to be the source of the plague that turns everyone mortal and untethers ghosts, the Maccons must go. To hide their true motive and give Alexia and excuse to have an extra set of eyes to watch Prudence, her best friend's acting troupe is hired to perform their latest show in Egypt.

Travel to Egypt of course means a certain amount of chaos. There's a kidnapping to contend with, the plague, ancient rivalries, and basic mayhem. In the middle of all of this is of course Prudence who is a strong willed individual with a potentially dangerous in born talent.

It was a fun book but it didn't sweep me off my feet as much as it did my husband. I'm rather skeptical about the inclusion of young children in books. I am looking forward to seeing an older Prudence when she has the wherewithal to speak her mind on things. I'm also grateful to leave Conall and his constant hysterics behind. ( )
  pussreboots | Apr 15, 2014 |
Sad to see this series end. ( )
  ComicGirl178 | Mar 14, 2014 |
Sad to see this series end. ( )
  ComicGirl178 | Mar 14, 2014 |
An underwhelming ending to an underwhelming series.

A one-star rating seems a little harsh for something so insubstantial, but then I remembered how often I found myself getting annoyed while reading. The precocious infant alone qualifies the book for a downgrade.

The plot was ill defined and overly complicated. There were so many flimsy explanations and unresolved loose ends--to the point that I'm fearful this won't be the end of the series after all.

I do hope this is our final goodbye, Alexia. You could have been so much better, but it didn't happen for you, and I find I can't muster up much energy for regrets. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 4, 2014 |
That was fine. I mean, I was expecting more for the last book but it was good nonetheless. Bizarrely enough, I quite liked Prudence and Biffy but the whole Egyptian plot bored me half to death. Way less witty than the previous installments but I suppose the author made up for it by fleshing out the characters a bit. Looking forward to her new series, Finishing School, in any case! ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
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