Book Review: Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger

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?

Release Date: July 1, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Purchased

This was my favorite Parasol Protectorate book to date!  I loved the plot, the characters' interactions with each other (a highlight was Ivy's induction into The Parasol Protectorate) and the action.

This installation moved at a faster pace than the other books in the series, and had a more involved plot.  For me, Blameless (book three) was the low point of the series.  It was transitional and lacking.  I vowed I would try book four, but if it was not outstanding, I was going to be finished with the series.

I'm happy to say that Heartless was so good that I had absolutely no qualms about buying the final book, Timeless.  (Although I am still highly perturbed that my library had the first two books but none of the others, and I have had to purchase the last three books, thus making for ownership of an incomplete series, which is a huge pet peeve of mine).

My two favorite things about this series are the writing style and the humor.  Each book makes me laugh out loud, and there is also plenty of sarcastic satire as well.  I love the way Carriger writes.  The attention to detail in her prose makes this series stand out for me.  I most especially love the vocabulary...a specific example escapes me at the moment, but these books are witty and I love that.  Sometimes I have to use the "Look Up Word" feature on my Nook and I love a book that makes me do that.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the Parasol Protectorate series.  These books are light-hearted, smart, and just a lot of fun!

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