Monday, April 30, 2012

Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4) - 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?

Alexia begins this story trying to understand a mysterious message from a fading, mentally unstable ghost and by the time the novel ends, it's a litte difficult to feel as if everything was resolved. Don't get me wrong, in a way it was, but there was still irreparable damage that occured and there are several characters that I'm left feeling sorry for.

Lord Akeldama makes frequent appearances and remains to be his charming, dramatic self. He's trying to hide his feelings concerning the predicament with Biffy, but Alexia knows him well enough to realize that he's troubled by his lost connection with his formerly favored drone. It seems that Biffy isn't handling his change in status very well, so in addition to the other problems that Alexia must deal with, she must tend to Biffy's needs and try to find a solution to his difficulties with fitting in at his new home.

Despite vampire threats, the obstacles in her search for answers, her increasing lack of mobility, and thieves sneaking through her window, Alexia's greatest enemy still seems to be her family. They're vile, self-absorbed individuals who wouldn't hesitate to use or take advantage of her. They continue to disrespect Alexia and treat her poorly and I absolutely loathe them.  

With that being said, this was another fun read with an exciting mystery. I'm sad that this wonderful series is coming to an end, but fortunately Carriger is writing another series set within the same world, along with another manga adaptation set to release at the end of this year.

"By George, Boots! How the deuce can you possibly tell that there is Lady Maccon?" queried the other tophated gentleman.
"Who else would be standing in the middle of a street on full-moon night with a raging ruddy fire behind her, waving a parasol about?
"Good point, good point."


Cimmaron @ Talksupe said...

8 months pregnant Alexa was hilarious. I liked the one line where she says people around her always carried food around with them just in case she was in her moods and the only way to shut her up was by giving her something to eat. I'm still holding off on writing my review for Timeless because I'm still not ready to say goodbye to this series. I can't wait for her 2 new series though!

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