Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

March 2, 2015 4 stars, Book Review 10 ★★★★

Review: Heartless by Gail CarrigerHeartless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #4
Published by Orbit Books, Recorded Books Genres: Adult SFF, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 374
Length: 11 hours, 19 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Timeless

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?


Alexia and Lord Maccon are anticipating the birth of their child in Heartless but that doesn’t stop Alexia from fulfilling her duties as Muja to the Queen and investigating a possible assassination attempt. News of which was delivered to her by a poltergeist one evening.

This story had a firm plot direction and was funny as we get to see Alexia waddle around in her very pregnant state and try to carry on with things as if she weren’t the size of a whale. It was a treat reading this one especially since I rarely ever come across pregnant heroines in urban fantasy, plus I’m pregnant so I could totally relate to some of her discomforts which made it all the more enjoyable.

Major kudos
– a pregnant heroine
– plenty of funny situations
– betrayal well…kind of 😛
– a kickass steampunk contraption of epic many armed proportions
– a hilarious chase scene
– this one is much more firmly steampunk. I personally considered the previous books rather light on the a steampunk elements. Having them more as garnish instead of a major theme in the books.

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10 Responses to “Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger”

  1. Danya @ Fine Print

    YAY I’m so glad you’re still loving this series! You’re definitely right about the lack of pregnant characters in UF, especially UF series with steampunk elements. Gail Carriger’s sense of humour is what really sold these books for me…she genuinely makes me laugh out loud!
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