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DescriptionLady 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, 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?HEARTLESS is the fourth book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
- Published: 01 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316127196 ISBN 10: 0316127191
- Sales rank: 6,188
Reviews for Heartless
This was another great read from Gail Carriger. I enjoyed it just as much as the other books in the series if not more, just because there's a little special difference in Heartless. I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read the series, even if it is in the summary everywhere, it shouldn't be!
I loved reading about Alexia again. I find her attention to details hilarious sometimes - she does notice the funniest things. She's also the most demanding woman I've ever read about in a book. She seriously has no end of demands for everybody around her, especially for things like tea and treacle tart! The way she interacts with people really makes me laugh time and time again, whether it be her husband, her former butler Floote or vampires trying to kill her. Alexia is probably the only heroine I've read about that worries about being civilised towards someone who is proceeding to assassinate her.
The supporting characters were also just as brilliant. Akeldama appeared more in Heartless that in the previous book which I enjoyed - I do love Lord Akeldama and he didn't appear in Blameless anywhere near enough, so his appearances in this one were much appreciated. Lord Maccon was incredibly sweet in this book - I never thought we would see that side of him but when it came out, my heart almost shattered it was the most adorable thing ever. We also get to see a part of Lyall that hasn't made an appearance before. There's an interesting tidbit about his backstory that played a huge part in the whole Woolsey pack's life. It took me completely by surprise.
I did feel the plot wasn't as exciting as it was in the previous books until it got towards the end of the book where everything started happening at once. I still enjoyed getting more of the characters in the beginning even if it was a little slow going. The ending was great though, it had loads of action, humour and some really exciting events occur.
I really can't wait to find out what happens next since the book ended the way it did. by Maryam H
Impossible to read on the train
After "Blameless" being such a pleasant surprise, and "Heartless" being the unfortunate second-to-last in a series, I was a little afraid of the possibility that the book wouldn't be able to keep up the high standards set by its predecessors. Impossible as it seemed, this is precisely what happens.
The major plot point is Alexia's pregnancy, which fits very well with the main plot being a rather small, wrapped-up story that makes "Heartless" a suitable standalone story if you want. With almost all main and minor characters moving closer together, many a secret gets revealed, many a marvelous joke cracked, and all of them experience deeper definition by the author. Especially a revelation about Alexia's father, who stays as mysterious as he started out from the beginning, will have readers by the ends of their nerves immediately.
On top of the very serious, almost realistic context of (non-) human rights and (in-) tolerance that makes up the strong backbone of this unique series, the humour in "Heartless" tops everything that the first three books have shown or hinted at. In fact, if you haven't chuckled once through the story, at least the showdown will bring you down to your knees. I couldn't keep myself from laughing all the way through the last 100 pages, which made me grateful I wasn't on a train.
There is a flaw though, and I will not keep it from you. "Heartless" ends with the big bang of a plot twist, right there on the very last page, that will make you itch so heavily for book 5, you may want to wait until February when aforementioned installation will hit the markets. Until then, you could try to track your increase in tea consummation kindled by Miss Carriger. ^.~ by LadyMacB
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Queen of the Quirky
I adore the world Gail Carriger has created for Alexia Maccon. I have read the books numerous times and have even got my boss reading them! They are a joy to read, quirky and satisfying. My only regret is that I read them too fast, and knowing that Timeless is going to be the last book of the Parasol Protectorate Series. by Hannah Stewart