Fourth in Parasol Protectorate series, Heartless is, shall we say a little different from the previous three.

Let’s say you frequent a cake shop wherein you buy a single type of cake and do so for a long time. One day upon tasting the cake, you realize it tastes different. It is not so obvious that you can pinpoint it but you definitely know something is different. That is what I felt like reading Heartless by Gail Carriger.

Let’s see, we have the usual obsession with fashion (I’ve learnt to tune it out, not altogether, sadly), the ever efficient Floote (does this guy have a weakness?) and a lot running around.

Ivy is all of a sudden a perceptive lady, I might have taken this in stride but I find this too great a character deviation. Felicity is well, Felicity like. At least there is not as much whining as in the previous book (thank lord for that).

This story brought to mind a very vivid image. Have you ever watched a movie, the plot is really serious but you can’t help laughing because it is so silly, overblown and kind of stupid? That is the kind of image I am talking about.

A good light-hearted comedy I should say.


Goodreads Insert: 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?

Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4)
Gail Carriger
Published 01 July 2011



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