3.5 starsOh, I should have listened to this entire series on audio It s a completely different experience With her great accents and excellent characterization, Emily Gray breathed life into a series that very much needed it in its last installment She s done such an amazing job that I ll purposely seek out other audiobooks narrated by her, regardless of the genre, and enjoy them while driving to work and back Of all the narrators I ve come across so far, she and Holter Graham are by far my favorites.Unfortunately, Gail Carriger doesn t deserve such praise Timeless is essentially plotless, and what little excitement there is pales in comparison to previous books Everything I used to love about this series is gone even the humor isn t what it used to be The Parasol Protectorate simply lost its charm It s a good thing Carriger decided to end the series when she did this is where we would have parted ways anyway By making Timeless the last book, she allowed me to say my goodbyes with a smile and a little bit of nostalgia, instead of the bitter taste so many authors left me with Timeless picks up two years after the end of Heartless Alexia s daughter Prudence is an extraordinary child and she s keeping her biological parents and her adoptive father, Lord Akeldama, very busy indeed She s even managed to attract the attention of Queen Matakara, vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive, the oldest supernatural in the world Alexia, Prudence and their numerous entourage travel to Egypt to indulge Matakara, and hopefully, to uncover Alessandro Tarabotti s plans for the supernaturals Meanwhile, Biffy and Professor Lyall investigate the murder of a Beta, but they somehow spend time flirting with each other than actually investigating The budding romance between these two was my favorite part of this book I loved seeing a different side of Lyall the reserved professor is surprisingly passionate under the surface, much to my and Biffy s delight I never gossip I observe And then relay my observations to practically everyone. After many adventures and several misunderstandings, the relationship between Lord and Lady Maccon is finally steady and calm, but never boring After all, neither of them is very conventional and Lady Maccon becomes rather restless if she isn t involved in at least three different conspiracies and secret societies at any given time But the tenderness she shows her darling husband, and his complete and utter adoration for her turned this book into a satisfying conclusion, despite its many flaws You know I have to mention some of those flaws, right I ll try to make it quick, like pulling off a band aid The most important thing is that I wanted Many questions were left unanswered and I m still unclear on quite a few things The humor oh, the humor I used to adore Lord Akeldama and his many fashion experiments, but he, too, became tiresome after a while Much like the series, he just lost his shine In the end, I will go back to the beginning if you re considering reading this book, do yourselves a favor and get it on audio Emily Gray made everything so much interesting As for the rest, this is one of those times when saying goodbye isn t hard I m sure Gail Carriger has a lot to offer, but in a different series and with a new set of characters. Gonna keep this short because I feel like I ve already said most of what I want to say about this series in the previous four reviews I ve written for it It s fluffy It s fun It s got benevolent supernatural creatures in it who faff around being supernatural and adorable It s got puns It s got dirigibles It s got smoochies And this one has pyramids and mummies in it If you liked the first four books, you will probably like this one, too, although the ending was a bit of a shocker and I had to think on it a couple of days before deciding on a rating.The focus here is the characters, so while there is arguably a plot instigated by the disappearance murder of the Kingair werewolf pack s beta on a trip to Egypt, and a request from the oldest living vampire queen to meet Alexia and Lord Maccon s two year old daughter, Prudence, who has the ability to temporarily steal the powers of supernatural creatures , you re really showing up to watch them do their thing, no matter the setting.I was particularly satisfied with the endings for Alexia and Lord Maccon which resolves an issue I d been wondering about since book one and for dear Biffy, who once wanted to be a vampire, but ended up being stuck as a werewolf instead Biffy ended up being my favorite part of this series, which I did not see coming after book one which still remains my favorite.I m gonna take a bit of a Carriger break, and then it s on to her YA series, and the two so far books that follow a grown up Prudence. Mel So, another series is over and, I m afraid to say, for me the ending was just meh Unfortunately, this appears to be the fate of so many series these days The Soookie Stackhouse, Georgina Kincaid and Dante Valentine books all immediately spring to mind Like the first two of these three, the main problem with the Parasol Protectorate series, I think, is that there just was not enough plot for the five books and the series went on for longer than the author is convincingly able to sustain the storyline.This last instalment takes place two years after the ending of the previous book with Lord and Lady Maccon still residing in Lord Akeldama s closet The latter is the legal guardian to Prudence, the infant inconvenience who is now a toddler causing a lot of havoc and keeping Lord Akeldama, all his drones and the majority of the Woolsey werewolf clan on their toes That is, until Alexia receives a summons from Matakara, Queen of the Alexandria hive and the oldest living vampire and the Maccons, along with the Tunstells and their troupe whom they take along as cover, set out for Egypt where, inevitably, they encounter adversity, mystery and adventure, leading to the series being very neatly wrapped up and tied up with a bow a very oversize one with pink and turquoise stripes, to fit in with the general atmosphere.Where with the previous book I was a teensy bit bored, with this one, I was a lot bored In fact all of the first half of this book was just filler, with the author re visiting some of the memorable places and characters from the previous books the hat shop now run by Biffy, the Woolsey Hive with notable appearances from Countess Nadasdy and Mabel Dair , the fleeting return of Felicity Loontwill in a flurry of spite, the sudden reappearance of Lady Kingair in the nude in certain placess, no less and a single appearance of Guatve Trouve to deliver a replacement parasol to name but a few.The charm and humour of the earlier books has fizzled to a point where a lot of it read like bad panto tipping over into complete absurdity at several points yes, I am talking about the hideous trouser ripping episode involving Tunstell and the overabundance of silly names Most of the book could have been illustrated with images like these image error 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 LifestyleUntil, 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 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 Also Available As A Manga Adaptation Alexandria, Egypt I found this Victorian dress on Pinterest, pinned from Old Rags website.Its practical nature would surely appeal to Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon. image error 4.5This is a really fun book, in a fun series, and I almost want to give it 5 stars, but I can t help but feeling just a small sense of dissatisfaction which is keeping me from jumping it with a full 5.The book starts off very strong It picks up about 2 years after the end of the last book, and Prudence as a child had me laughing out loud on the train than once, and Ivy, who s a big part of this story, left me chuckling and shaking my head and just the first several chapters are hysterical.It takes awhile to get to the real meat of the story and, honestly, I didn t mind all that much because everything else was such a pleasure.But when we did get to the heart of the plot it felt, I don t know, a bit discombobulated, I suppose It retained some, though not all, of the humor and wryness as things started turning serious, but it was that things were happening almost too quickly and I just couldn t shake this niggling feeling like I was missing something.Part of it, perhaps, is the usual mystery sort of atmosphere where you only know so much as the main character, so you are actually missing pieces, but even after everything was resolved I felt like some things were just too glossed over and not really explained to my satisfaction for instance view spoiler I still don t have a feel for what angles Madame Lefeoux is playing, and I was dissatisfied with the explanation of Floote s part in Alessandro s plans I just wanted motive, or backstory, or understanding Something hide spoiler Bravo Gail Carriger For a perfect ending to a perfect series I will now say goodbye to my favorite all knowing, perfectly coiffed rove vampire dama and his merry band of drones, a certain studious beta, one dandy werewolf, a robust alpha whose cravat will always be messy, many fabulously gaudy hats, homicidal mechanical ladybugs, a most ingenious french inventor, the ever loyal but duplicitous butler, and most especially, her eminence, leader of said people Mrs Alexia Tarabotti Maccon and her infallible parasol. I don t think I could have asked for a better finale Now I need to read The Custard Protocol series and finish up with the Finishing School novels. Floote and Lyall are the standouts of this series I loved them both so much I highly enjoyed this book, particularly the jaunt to Egypt and meeting Matakara And I really admire Gail for her ability to tie everything up so well in the end and give everyone a solid happy ending, which is something I find very difficult to do.