Title: Heartless (Parasol Protectorate Book the 4th)
Author: Gail Carriger
Narration: Emily Grey
Format: Audible Audiobook
Length: 11hrs. 19mins.
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Age Range: Late Teens/Adult
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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?
I was so excited about this book that I actually stayed up in order to be one of the first to download the audiobook from Audible. I am soooo very glad that I did!
In this, the 4th book of the Parasol Protectorate, we find Alexia:
1. Eight months pregnant
2. Back home with Connall (after much groveling on his part)
3. At the top of the vampiric hit list...AGAIN!
I was happy to see that even though Alexia was in a rather delicate state, she was by no means out of action. She was in fact, so in the thick of things that I spent the majority of the book white knuckled with fingers crossed, praying that she wouldn't go into early labor.
It seems that the author went to great pains to shine the spotlight on supporting characters that until now had been interesting, but BACKGROUND nonetheless.
Cases in point:
1. Floote-Alexia's butler turned secretary turned butler.
2. Felicity-Alexia's dim-witted and conniving half sister.
3. "poor Biffy"- the loveable all around mess of the story.
This book was a well-written, witty, intelligent, romp through Victorian England with complete with dirigibles, vampires, warewovles, and one special lady with a KILLER parasol.
I can not end this review without extending special thanks to Emily Grey for her stellar narration of this audiobook. Emily you are quite "the thing."
Quote: "I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day." -Gail Carriger