Parasol Protectorate - Series by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is a bluestocking spinster in an alternate 19th century London that combines steampunk tech with vampires and werewolves. She's also a preternatural - a person who can negate supernatural powers with her touch. 

Tags: complete, historical, steampunk, urban fantasy, vampires, werewolves


Review & Comments

I have a very mixed reaction to this series. I really enjoyed the first book as well as some romantic elements of the fourth and fifth books. I hated the third book with a fiery passion. On the other hand, I know many readers who find the entire series brilliant. 

I loved the Victorian feel, especially as reflected in language, fashion, and off-hand references to the social customs of the time. The dollop of steampunk and supernatural elements made the mix even tastier. 

By the third book, however, and continuing through the fourth and fifth, I developed a real dislike for the main character. The changes in her life seemed only to make her a more typical and less sympathetic product of her time; she kept her voice but lost her magic - and I lost interest. I was much more interested in the developments with other characters, some of whom got a good amount of face time and some of whom didn't. 

Overall, I expect that I will re-read the first book several times ... and pretend that the series ends there.