Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

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Series: The Parasol Protectorate #4
Genres: Steampunk Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit
Released on July 7, 2011
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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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?

The Delight

A fabulous mash-up of urban fantasy and steampunk and the installment where I finally discover the origin of the series title.  Along with a pregnant heroine attempting to manage affairs as usual like whispers of an assassination on the Queen and disruptions in the werewolf pack and Lord Akeldama’s household.


Making my way through this series that must be read in order in an unhurried binge has been delightful from cover to cover.  Alexia is a managing sort and now she’s eight months along and still attempting to manage and interfere to the best of her ability.

I confess that though I enjoyed this one quite a lot; I also found it a slow mover until nearer the end.  It had a tendency to plod along through domestic concerns paranormal style though thankfully with the low angst that this series is known for.  Patience is required through much, but the reader is definitely rewarded as all the slower moving pulls together at last and the end is the zany antics that I love to see the characters engaging in.

The witty dialogue, mission, and scintillating characters were all present though there wasn’t as much husband and wife acrimonious banter between Conall and Alexia that I love.  The reveals on the past particularly to do with Professor Lyall was great to get.

And now, I prepare for the final book in the series that is staying strong and keeping me coming back for more.  Can’t recommend these enough for those who enjoy or don’t mind elements of urban fantasy and steampunk together.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. I got away from it and then was determined that I would continue and finish this series this year because I loved book one last year. 🙂 I think I’m a big fan of mashing steampunk with other genres the most.

  1. I read the first book in this series, but never continued the series. I do think i enjoyed it, but it didn’t hook me that much that I was in a hurry to continue. I am glad to hear you’re still enjoying this series. I can really enjoy a slower paced book when well written. I hope you’ll enjoy the final book just as much!

    1. I know what you mean about having a book be okay, but not really grab me enough to want to continue with a series.
      Oh yes, I am enjoying this one.

      Thanks, Lola!

  2. I’ve been loving the steampunk books you’ve reviewed lately Sophia. I think I can’t hold it anymore and get my own copies hehe, with S 😉

  3. I really enjoy witty conversations, but a slow mover will usually cause me to DNF these days. One again, I love the outfit! Happy Sunday! Hugs…RO

    1. Yep! I’m still blazing through the series, Alyssa. LOL One more left in this series, but then I’ll have the newer prequel series and the sequel spin-offs. 🙂

      Thanks, Lady! You, too.

    1. Haha, yes. It’s the closest I come to binging these days. Disappointment happens when I attempt regular binges. I’m hoping to get to the final book this month then maybe I’ll try the other related series by her.