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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, 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.

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"Carriger's fourth Parasol Protectorate adventure is filled with steampunk creations such as zombie porcupines and harmonic auditory resonance disruptors, but its primary focus is on character. To protect Lady Alexia Maccon — eight months pregnant and feeling like a 'stuffed goose with bunions' — from threats to her possibly soul-stealing unborn child, her husband, the Alpha of the Woolsey werewolf pack, suggests that vampire Lord Akeldama, Alexia's dear friend, adopt the baby. Alexia and Lord Maccon move next door to Akeldama, building a bridge to secretly connect the households. Meanwhile, Alexia's clueless sister Felicity moves in; new werewolf Biffy, once Akeldama's protégé, embarrassingly experiences premature transfluctuation; and a ghost sends Alexia to unravel a plot against Queen Victoria. Carriger's writing remains crisp and witty, and the affectionate banter between Lord and Lady Maccon will please series fans distressed by their long separation in 2010's Blameless. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe — the Finishing School series — launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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Parnassus on Wheels, February 3, 2012 (view all comments by Parnassus on Wheels)
A tongue in cheek, bodice ripping romp through a Victorian England of airships, vampires and werewolves. The supernatural coexist in this society out in the open and with full acceptance. Queen Victoria has a department of like beings to keep an eye on the shenanigans, of which our heroine, a "souless" woman married to an alpha werewolf is one. With one touch she can neutralize a supernatural, disabling its powers for the duration of the touch. She has a stubborn, independent streak which leads to many perilous adventures. Her best friends include a foppish dandy of a "rogue" vampire, a milliner who also invents absurd weaponry, and a silly bit of fluff who prefers her hats to be bigger, brighter and sillier than fashion dictates. The depiction of class structures within a werewolf pack or a vampire hive are interesting and her marriage to the powerful wolf never dull! Fans of Steampunk, vampires, werewolves will enjoy this.
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SBowdish, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by SBowdish)
Gail Carriger's wit and humor make this a priceless edition to the series. Someone should really make a tv show out of these books; the fast paced writing style really lends itself to that medium.
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emmejo, December 15, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
When heavily pregnant Alexia Maccon receives information from an insane ghost on an assassination plot focused on the queen, she already has a lot on her plate. She's been busy with things like secretly moving into Lord Akeldama's closet, an attack of zombie porcupines, a sister who has been sneaking out to join a suffragette group and possibly most worrying, Madame Lefoux seems worn out and is being very cagey about her newest invention. Nonetheless, Alexia feels it is her job to help protect the queen. But is this plot simply too big and well-organized for one woman, even armed with an emitting parasol, to undo?

I didn't find this book as good as the last two, but it is still a fun read. My main problem is that I found Madame Lefoux's actions badly out of character. In the previous books, she has employed a good deal of subtly, cool logic and sneaky, sideways methods in her planning and technology. Such a melodramatic, public display seemed wrong for her.

On the other hand, Ms. Carriger did an excellent job with the reveal of Professor Lyall's past. I had guessed at it before, as the author did some nice subtle foreshadowing through the series. Don't believe me? Re-read with the new info in mind. I reckon you'll be impressed.

I am also enjoying the evolution of Ivy's character and the newer, more elaborate uses of her in the plot. I hope she gets a bigger piece of the action in the last book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316127196
Author:
Carriger, Gail
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Romance - Paranormal
Subject:
Royalty; Ghosts; Paranormal abilities; Zombies; Vampires; Queens; Assassination plots; Victorian society
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
The Parasol Protectorate
Series Volume:
the Fourth
Publication Date:
20110701
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7 x 4.25 x 1.25 in 0.43 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Carriger's fourth Parasol Protectorate adventure is filled with steampunk creations such as zombie porcupines and harmonic auditory resonance disruptors, but its primary focus is on character. To protect Lady Alexia Maccon — eight months pregnant and feeling like a 'stuffed goose with bunions' — from threats to her possibly soul-stealing unborn child, her husband, the Alpha of the Woolsey werewolf pack, suggests that vampire Lord Akeldama, Alexia's dear friend, adopt the baby. Alexia and Lord Maccon move next door to Akeldama, building a bridge to secretly connect the households. Meanwhile, Alexia's clueless sister Felicity moves in; new werewolf Biffy, once Akeldama's protégé, embarrassingly experiences premature transfluctuation; and a ghost sends Alexia to unravel a plot against Queen Victoria. Carriger's writing remains crisp and witty, and the affectionate banter between Lord and Lady Maccon will please series fans distressed by their long separation in 2010's Blameless. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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