Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Paranormal Adventure
Opening lines: ‘…”Five months! Five months you – dare I say it – gentlemen have been sitting on this little scheme and only now you decide to inform me of it?”…’
Blurb: Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble in the air 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 just happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia be able to figure out who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it’s too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And do they really have to take up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?
My thoughts: HEARTLESS is the 4th book in the Parasol Protectorate series. And I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one. They are all funny, and the adventures and predicaments that Alexia finds herself in are very imaginative. I really loved how Alexia didn’t let a small matter of being in the last few weeks of pregnancy stop her from thwarting evil plots. She waddled around London and beyond with her massive belly barely slowing her down – ok so climbing in and out of a flying machine was a tad problematic – but easily solved with assistance. HEARTLESS is a wonderful blend of humour, romance, paranormal, adventure, history and steampunk and stars an angry inventor, werewolves, ghosts, vampires and a younger sister hell bent on finding adventure.
…"No wife. I mean to say, you are not exactly up to your usual gallivanting about London with parasol at the ready, now, are you?"
Alexia glanced down at her overstuffed belly and then got that look on her face. "I am entirely capable."
"Of what, waddling up to someone and ruthlessly bumping into them?"…
Overall HEARTLESS has lots of twists and turns, and as you would expect with such a terribly pregnant heroine, a baby; of course the birth is not your average birthing scene either. Oh, and yes – Alexia really does have to move into the second best closet!
I loved it and have the final book in the series ‘Timeless’ ready to go soon.
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B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.