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Heartless: Book 4 of The Parasol Protectorate [Paperback]

Gail Carriger
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7 July 2011 Parasol Protectorate (Book 4)

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble in the air 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 just happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia be able to figure out who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it's too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And do they really have to take up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

***Also available as a manga adaptation***

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500096
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A series for female fantasy fans that are looking for a stroke of ingenuity amongst the torrents of fanged fiction' --SciFiNow

'Throughout, the plot moved smartly, building to a timely climax, providing many chuckles along the way. HEARTLESS is a cross between Pride and Prejudice and The Importance of Being Earnest with a steampunk setting' --Dark Matter

'Carriger's writing remains crisp and witty, and the affectionate banter between Lord and Lady Maccon will please series fans distressed by their long separation in 2010's BLAMELESS' --Publishers Weekly

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From the delightful, tea-sodden, steampunk-fueled imagination of Gail Carriger comes the further adventures of Alexia Tarabotti and her parasol.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More stars for Heartless 24 Oct 2011
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 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. Timeless cannot come out soon enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery to Solve in the Parasol Protectorate 7 Oct 2011
By April
If you have already read the earlier three books in the series, and enjoyed them as I did, then "Heartless" is worth reading. It is a good read. It is worth reading just for the surprises and revelations!!!

It took me longer to read "Heartless" than the other three, as this is a somewhat more serious and thoughtful story written like a cosy Sherlock Holmes mystery. The basic outline of "Heartless" is that a mad ghost gives Lady Alexia Maccon a warning that the Queen is in danger, so naturally Alexia investigates. It is her job to do so; after all she is on the Queen's Shadow Council.

One thing I am now noticing - Miss Carriger has been dropping subtle hints in her earlier books as to where the overall Parasol Protectorate plot is heading. I will definitely be getting Timeless when it comes out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 10 July 2011
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Loved it - great novel, I bought the first three novels together and read them within a week or so - I was a bit worried that the fourth novel might get a bit stale or as with so many series 'lose the plot'... Not a bit of it, a clever story, lovely writing and funny.

This is not great literature but it is a darn good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sucker for Carriger 2 July 2011
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I warn you now I am biased - I love the series & I love this book - thank you Amazon for sending it to me early - I love the humour, the characters & the impossible situations they find themselves in. There are vampires, werewolves, ghosts, mad steam punk contrivances (yet again Lord Akeldama is in the forefront of fashion, having purchased the latest ultimate travel accessory), burning warehouses & lots of tea drinking in this book, not to mention (the faint hearted should read no further) the heroine actually eating a treacle tart!

The reader is taken on a roller coaster ride with Alexia from Lord Akeldama's third best closet to Madame Lefoux's contrivance chamber, from Woolsey to the Westminster hive & back again, with interference from Biffy, Felicity, zombie porcupines, Miss Mabel Dair & best of all, Countess Nadasdy doing a grasshopper impression. There are pointers in this book to Carriger's Finishing School series as well as to Timeless, due out in March.

Don't read this book until you've read the first three in the series, then it will all make sense.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk and Sensibility 2 Oct 2011
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Vampires and werewolves are not the dark brooding creatures of the night--(a cliché that has been jammed down our throats a lot lately), but are creatures that despite their differences have to deal with England's social standing and decorum (side-lined with a lot of steampunk) in an alternative Jane Austen induced Victorian London.

Heartless is probably my favourite of the Parasol books so far, possibly because of the plot twists and the dramatic build up behind Alexia's ever expanding I.I (an anocrym that you will understand when you read the books). And, as always, Lord Akeledama.

The steampunk inventions remain ingenious and deliciously silly at the same time, one particular scene at the end of the book was quite a memorable image that will not leave my head for a long time.

Heartless does have its dramatic moments, but the characters are all laced with a desire to always be classy and exceedingly British--thus, there is no shortage of funny dialogue--but this can sometimes take the edge off the more serious chapters. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is best left up to the reader. Some scenes had me laughing aloud at the sheer determination of the characters to always retain that stiff upper lip, no matter how trying the situation.

Needless to say, every witty retort will bring a smile to your face. I class the Parasol books as comedy supernatural fiction, a genre that is certainly welcome on my bookshelf!

I have noticed in some of the amazon reviews, people criticise Alexia as being a little `too' pragmatic and logical, particularly in Heartless. Yes, Alexia is most certainly not a damsel in distress, and not a stereotypical female of historical setting. But I feel these are characteristics that should be celebrated, not frowned upon. Alexia's grumpiness, her forthrightness and mostly importantly, her bluntness--are never--ever--boring.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Where else would you find a steam punk novel in which the heroine is happily married, 8+ months pregnant with swollen ankles, battling the world with the help of an umbrella. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Brunneria
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Continuation of a Great Series
Always entertaining, this instalment of the Parasol Protectorate is also really heartwarming/heart-wrenching. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
A good book really well paced and i enjoyed the ending, kept me reading right to the last page just to find out what would happen, highly recommended for any fans of this series.
Published 8 months ago by Miss V. Willcocks
5.0 out of 5 stars present
bought these for a present and the recipient loved them would recommend any vampire/twilight type fans to go for these
Published 8 months ago by happyshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series
Like all the books in this series this one doesn't let you down. It's got humour and adventure and you relate to the characters.
Published 9 months ago by Lisa B
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartless.
This far into Gail Carriger`s "Parasol Protectorate" series, it`s difficult to say much without giving away parts of the preceding book's secrets and revelations. So I won't. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I love this quirky series which i stumbles accross by accident and now buy as soon as the new book is out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms. S. M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
This was another great read from Gail Carriger. I enjoyed it just as much as the other books in the series if not more, just because there's a little special difference in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by GloriousBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great escapism
I got the 1st book and had to read all the rest. Def not Shakespeare but lots of fun and great to de-stress the mind.
Published 14 months ago by LH
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A very good penultimate to the series, alexia remains the ever strong heroine, determined to the last page as usual! Read more
Published 15 months ago by kerry Nelson
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