I adored "Soulless" but this one was a chore and a half to finish. I only did so because it's another of those damn "middle of the series" books and I keep hearing the other books are much better (they'd better be). This one was a little bit mystery, a little bit witty comedy (I lived for those biting Alexia remarks, she's so awesomely, truthfully rude) and a whole lot of rather uninteresting busyness a-going on here.
It's hard to pinpoint why this book couldn't hold my interest but if I had to hazard a guess it would be the fact that there simply wasn't enough dialogue and character interaction between Alexia and the more interesting characters in the bunch such as Conall (her new husband who only pops in for short bits), Professor Lyall and Lord Akeldama. We are left with Tunstall, love-confused (and frustrating as hell) Ivy, a bland maid and a new character named Madame Lefoux who was interesting enough but didn't truly get to shine because so much was happening around them every moment.
The plot is about Alexia travelling to Scotland to discover why the preternaturals are losing their powers or somesuch and Alexia uses her dandy new super-powered parasol to fend off some dastardly minded characters. I'm hoping things calm down a wee bit in the next book and we get to see more character interaction and more from Madame Lefoux.
Also, it ends on a big ass cliffhanger. Have the next book handy to avoid ripping your hair out by the roots.