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Book Review: Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4)

Title:  Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4)
Author:  Gail Carriger
Publisher:  Orbit Books
Genre:  Steampunk/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source:  Audible purchase
Rating:  4.5

 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?

My Thoughts:

Another fun read from Gail Carriger and her Parasol Protectorate.  Heartless is a great addition to the series.  Book number four finds Alexi Tarabotti Maccon has been reinstated to her position as muhjah and is in the final weeks (months?) of her pregnancy.  Although quite uncomfortable in her pregnancy, Alexi still manages to relocate her household to London and stumble upon a plan to kill the queen.

I listened to Heartless as an Audible audiobook download and enjoyed it as much as I did the audio version of Blameless.  Both books did have the same narrator, Emily Gray, so that would explain why I equally enjoyed both audiobooks.

The Parasol Protectorate continues to be an entertaining series to read.  Carriger used this book to set up a couple of new story arcs to come in the next book or two and I am looking forward to finding out what happens.


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