My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: N/A
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Manga, Steampunk, Supernatural
Condemned by society and her werewolf husband due to a pregnancy she cannot explain, Alexia Maccon – preternatural, tea aficionado – seeks an explanation for this “infant inconvenience” so as to cleanse her sullied reputation and prove her fool of a husband wrong. Preternaturals are a rare breed and the only history of their kind lies in Italy with the Templars, a group that once partnered with preternaturals to hunt down werewolves and vampires. Will Alexia find an explanation for her impossible offspring? Or do the Templars have other plans for the curious “Soulless One”?
Don’t get me wrong, I liked this. Compared to the previous two volumes, though, it’s not as great.
Which is very disappointing when you think that there will be no more future volumes.
Now I did indeed like this, because when Lady Maccon is around, it’s impossible to be bored.
So I wasn’t bored necessarily, but the story is very repetitive and, unlike the two previous volumes, there doesn’t seem to be a plot per se.
The first volume covers many aspects of Alexia’s (Lady Maccon) life, including her old and new relationships. Well, it’s an intro to this Victorian world with lots of dangers.
The second volume covers Lady Maccon trying to find solution to the supernatural creatures suddenly becoming human problem.
And this third volume covers well… Lady Maccon running away from both Lord Maccon and enemies who want her dead.
I loved the idea of soul-stealers, but that concept is sadly only presented towards the end.
However, as always, the illustrations are gorgeous, which sure made this more pleasant, although the story lacked entertaining elements.
I guess I’ll be reading the next books in this series, since there are no planned sequels to this manga adaptation of, I assume, the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series.
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