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 dampener 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 is the final installment in the Parasol Protectorate series and it had a lot of new twists and turns.
I really enjoyed this series as a whole but I thought this final book was a little out of hand. I felt there was a bit of a rush to get everything wrapped up in a neat way. In this novel once again the main couple doesn’t spend a lot of time together and actually they are pretty mad at each other this time around. This is getting a little old for me because I am a romance lover and I really think the main couple should be together more than apart. So I would say that is a complaint of mine in this book and the series as a whole.
Other than the romance issues I felt this book took us out of the London world and put us in Egypt to get some real answers but in some ways to make us more confused about everything. It started to feel like Alexia wasn’t really all that special to begin with. I also felt like the secondary characters in this novel had weird endings for their own storylines because they just suddenly had a huge life changes for them.
Overall I really do like this series as a whole but I think there were ups and downs. I do think the second novel was a little rocky and I think this novel had a super fast ending in order to wrap everything up. I think there is a little room for things to move forward since there is a series that follows Alexia’s daughter. I do hope in the new series that we get more answers about the adult storylines.
Overall, I would recommend this series if you enjoy historical steampunk with a paranormal element.