Heartless : Parasol Protectorate

  • by Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by Emily Gray
  • Series: Parasol Protectorate
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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More stars for Heartless

One of the things I love about the Parasol Protectorate series is how Gail Carriger parodies different types of Victorian literature with each volume. Heartless is the Sherlock-Holmes-style mystery of the group and boy is it a good mystery! I certainly didn’t figure any of it out.

Due to certain circumstances that occur throughout the third book, which I will not spoil for those who have not yet read/listened to it (though what are you waiting for?!), Alexia takes up residence in a town house next door to Lord Akeldama (delightfully foppish rove vampire), or so it will appear to the everyone. She’s actually residing in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet. However, not long after moving in they are alerted to a plot to kill the Queen and thus, as muhjah, Alexia embarks on a hunt to solve the mystery.

As I said, the mystery is a good one, particularly as it reveals some very interesting facts about Alexia’s father and about an assassination attempt that fans may remember being previously mentioned. It’s also lovely to be back in London again with both the werewolves and vampires of the town. Whilst I loved Changeless and Blameless, I did miss the Westminster Hive and the interactions between Conall (when he’s sober) and his pack. Speaking of pack interactions, we really get a closer look at the relationships of the Woolsey pack, which is something I really enjoyed, especially with how Conall is trying to handle the unexpected new member they gained at the end of Blameless.

The story’s climax is brilliant. It is full of drama with so many things happening that you just can’t put it down because you want to know how it is all resolved. There were some things I found a little sad (don’t worry; it’s not what you might think!) but at the same time I am desperate to see how the new situation that arises from it will play out in the final instalment.

As for Emily Grey's narration, her voice is the perfect for this story. She does a wonderful Alexia.
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- R. McGinlay

A brilliantly written book with great characters that come to life

The fourth instalment in the PP series, and it's just as good as the others. I won't go into detail about the story - I hate spoilers and you can get what you need from the book description - but as part of it you find out more about the Woolsey pack, its newest member and its history, Lord Akaldama, as well as the Westminster Hive. A brilliantly written book with great characters that come to life, especially aided by the excellent narrator with her many 'voices'. I'd definitely recommend this book (and series) to anyone - just be aware of the adult content. Can't wait for the next book!
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- Lolah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio