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.This book was great fun! I love Alexia and her interesting take on her world. She can sometimes have the strangest priorities when it comes to supernatural etiquette in life or death situations. There is no way that you can make it the entire way through one of these books without laughing. I loved Alexia all the way through the book as she worries about basically every thing going on in London and at Woolsey- except for her VERY imminent labor. These books are paranormal in their use of vampires and werewolves as well as ghosts as a part of everyday life and society. They are also heavily steampunk as they include glassicals, automatons, ornithopters, dirigibles and octomatons. There is a fair amount of period language, violence and some sexual shenanignas that fits the ADULT categorization of these books but I think they are well worth the read.
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?
You can find out more about Gail Carriger, steampunk, parasols and the Parasol Protectorate books on Gail's website. You can also click here to add any of the series books to your Goodreads. The next Parasol Protectorate book, Timeless, will be released on March 1, 2012. There is also word of a spin off series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad, that will begin in 2013.
Heartless earns 5 Fairies from me for Steampunkery and spectacular writing!