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- Print Length: 434 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2011
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0047Y0EZQ
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"Carriger has created a wonderfully detailed world that is just one step to the side of our own."―sfrevu.com on Changeless
"Carriger delivers surprises with every book, and this one is no exception. With action, intrigue, and above all, proper manners, this excellent series will have broad appeal to readers of steampunk, urban fantasy, and paranormal and historical romance."―Library Journal on Heartless
"A series for female fantasy fans that are looking for a stroke of ingenuity amongst the torrents of fanged fiction."―SciFi Now on Heartless
"Carriger's writing remains crisp and witty, and the affectionate banter between Lord and Lady Maccon will please series fans."―Publisher's Weekly on Heartless --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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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). --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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-Simile Use: 4 (minimal usage)
-Description: 4 (well balanced)
-Show And Tell Balance: 4
This is the fourth installment in the Parasol Protectorate series, in which we find Alexia in yet another taxing situation. This one is one that no one could of expected, least of all, Alexia. She finds herself pregnant, abandoned by her husband and under attack from the local vampire hive. Throughout the book she's fending for her life, trying to figure out how it's possible she's pregnant and pining over the fact that Conall has abandoned her and doesn't trust her enough to know she's been faithful. This novel is almost as delightful as the previous novel, but I had a harder time getting through it. Sometimes the balance of show and tell became a bit burdensome. I did like that we got to see a bit more of the secondary characters of Lyall and Biffy and the background of Alexia's birth and being soulless rolls out nicely. Overall, it was an excellent read.
Alexia's due date is fast approaching, but she still has a full plate. Ghosts are warning of danger to the Queen, the vampires are still trying to kill Alexia to prevent the birth of her baby, Biffy is still struggling with his metamorphosis, and Lyall reveals something painful from his past. And then there is Madame Lebouf who is working herself to the bones on something her aunt doesn't approve of.
This one really mixes things up in the werewolf and vampire communities. Westminster Hive and Woolsey Pack may never recover. Another delightful tale, but I still don't understand why the romance between Akeldama and Biffy couldn't continue, even if it is an unusual pairing. So is a marriage between a werewolf and a preternatural, but it works. Once again we're given humor, romance, the paranormal, and a dollop of Victorian steampunk. 4.5 out of 5.
When Alexia learns an assassin stalks Queen Victoria, she waddles over to protect her Highness. However, her quest is dangerous as she dodges quills from zombie porcupines, vampires who want her dead, Biffy the werewolf still howling for her mentor Maccon, and the worst her clueless sister Felicity.
The fourth Parasol Protectorate Victorian fantasy (see Soulless, Changeless and Blameless) is a fun at times jocular (especially when the married couple discuss her "bunions") investigative tale. The heroine escorts readers through a different London filled with eccentric otherworldly species not found in a Dickens' novel. Although the story line is thin even with several subplots that never fully gel, fans will enjoy Alexia's pregnant pause as she sets out to protect the Queen.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series as it takes place after the birth of Alexia's child. Given that until Alexia agreed to allow her child to be adopted and raised by a vampire, the vampires were trying to kill her to prevent the birth, I'm curious as to what frightens them so about the child.
The Good: YES! For all that I wanted more Alexia and Maccon interactions, Heartless was full of it and it was perfect! The Plot was also brilliant and had me guessing until the end.
The Bad: I feel like everyone treated Alexia badly at some point, excluding Maccon, he was amazing! I also wasn't a fan of the Ghostly interruptions, I didn't really find them necessary.
The Awesome: Gail Carriger has such a sofisticated and delightful sense of humor. I can think of many instances where she had me laughing out loud. From Alexia talking to the Infant-inconvenience to her giving birth, HILARIOUSLY AMAZING!
Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life [...]
Overall, nothing new was brought up about Alexia's father or her Soulless state. The characters are just as funny and entertaining as the other books, but for this one, the story wasn't as exciting as the others.
4.5 out of 5 stars for great characters and writing.
Top international reviews
This is still a four star review because it basically delivered the entertainment I was hoping for and because it's still such an interesting world. I just wish there'd been some different plot and character choices.
Also, I want to show my appreciation for the diverse yet era-appropriate exploration of sexuality in this book. Throughout the series, Gail Carriger has included multiple well-written LGBTQ+ characters (more than any other series I've read), but this book in particular stands out in that regard.
But the social stuff is entertaining and funny. Just a tad too much of it to make this a five star read.
Feels like the series is approaching the end now.
This is not great literature but it is a darn good read.