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Heartless by Gail Carriger


My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Still working on the Parasol Protectorate series, and happily, still enjoying it very much. Book 4, Heartless, shakes things up a bit with a change in the status of the werewolves and their abode, and likewise, with the “hive” of Vampires. (A totally unexpected twist, for me.) And of course, the family situations change a great deal, too, from Alexia’s relationship with her rotten sister, Felicity (what a name for such an irritating piece of work), to her relationship with the equally irritating Madame Lefoux, her friendship with the hilariously campy Lord Akeldama, and closer to home, her family life with her often bumbling but always well-meaning husband, Lord Maccon. Things shift, the balance of power goes this way and that, there’s laughter a-plenty, and a bit of a miracle by the end. And throughout it all, Lord and Lady Maccon keep at it in their inimitably daft ways, unshakable in their devotion to each other, but changing and growing in many other ways, nevertheless. 

Try it. You’ll like it!! (But be sure to read the books in order: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. What a world!

Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate #4)

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2 thoughts on “Heartless by Gail Carriger

  1. I’m glad you didn’t give up at book 3!

    After you finish these, you might consider looking at the YA Finishing School books. It’s set in the same world, earlier on–so different characters, but a similar feel.


    • Hi, Caitlin. No, I had to find out what happened. Now I’m worried about what might happen in 5. Hope it doesn’t leave us in the lurch, since there doesn’t seem to be a 6 anywhere on the horizon, yet.

      I could have sworn we already talked about the YA series. I’ll definitely check them out, but if they rely too heavily on Madame Lefoux, I might not enjoy them. I find her repugnant, I’m afraid. I have no sympathy for anyone who tries to seduce a happily married woman away from her husband. It annoys me. And then, of course, her actions with the octomaton were just unhinged. What a stupid way to try to get her son back. So she has lost me altogether, unless she does something redeeming in #5.

      I’m thinking the spin-off with Prudence could be good, but mostly, I want more of Alexia and Conall. They are just so daft! And I’m looking forward to their adventures in their new environment.


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