Monday, January 21, 2013

Heartless (Parasol Protectorate series), by Gail Carriger- Review

Spoilerage for previous books, BEWARE!

From Goodreads:
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

Ok, although the late stages of Alexia's pregnancy are hugely amusing, they also horrify me. HORRIFY. I do not have a supernatural husband with super strength to get me in a standing position after sitting.  Ok, so I don't have to super sleuth, or fight off evil geniuses or vampires and such, but still.

As per all the rest of the books so far, Carriger remains highly witty, and manages a tight paced, action packed adventure that could only be controlled by the likes of Lady Maccon.  Delving deeper into Vampire politics, and Madame Lefoux's mysterious life keep things fresh and exciting, but it was all the extra Akeldama time that really had me loving it.
"I used to love pets, my dove, did you know? When I was mortal."
"Did you?" Alexia encouraged cautiously.  Lord Akeldama rarely spoke of his life
before.  She was afraid of saying more and thus forestalling further confidences.
"Yes.  It is greatly troubling that I am now left with only a cat for company."
Alexia refrained from mentioning the plethora of fashionable gentlemen who seemed to be ever in, out, and about Lord Akeldama's domicile.  "I suppose you might consider keeping more than one cat."
"Oh, dear me,
no.  Then I should be known as that vampire with all the cats."
Of course the added fun of the infant-inconvenience was just the cherry on the top (have I mentioned I'm totally going to steal that one, my parasitic minion will now be dubbed the infant-inconvenience).

The twist at the end ensures there will be no shortage of misadventure in the final part of the series Timeless, but as I draw closer to the conclusion I have to say I'm going to loath giving up these characters.  They are endlessly amusing and enjoyable to cavort with.
Heartless, by Gail Carriger
Published by Orbit, July 2011


  1. Love this series. Love, love, love it.

  2. I know, right??! A friend described it as feel good fluff, but it is WAY to well written to be fluff.

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