The fourth book in the Parasol Protectorate series is an engaging and entertaining timewaster. Gail Carriger almost (but not quite!) goes overboard with this story. It remains quite charming with a kind of happy disregard for the plausibility of character, plot or physics.
Emily Gray is a marvellous narrator. She carries just the right balance between drama and melodrama , and is clearly enjoying herself.
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.
– a pregnant heroine
– plenty of funny situations
– betrayal well…kind of :-P
– a kickbutt 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.
I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything
I have been enjoying this series greatly...the narrator does a fantastic job and even though it is an extremely over done concept ( werewolves, vampires, and a girl with special powers..a baby that wasnt supposed to be possible....really?) there was enough originality and fun characters to hold my interest.
But this one..it seems the car is veering off the rails a bit...it started to seem a bit too ridiculous, a bit too cartoony...like a script for The Wild Wild West 2 ( the bad Will Smith one) gone bad. So I am disappointed.
Good story, great narrator. The main character is very relatable. The setting is a gorgeous recreation of Victorian England as it ought to have been.
Yes... if you enjoyed being entertained these books are for you.
Alexia is a strong woman and very funny, although Lord Akeldama is over the top amusing. The addition Emily Gray gives to his vocal personality is amazing.
Meeting the Scottish realativies.
Yes... if I had the time I would have listened non stop.
Audiophile since the days I had to check 'em out on rickety cassette tapes at the local library. Currently working the other side of production as an author of romance and scifi/fantasy.
How the Hades does she weave such fantastical prose? Another knock out installment of the intelligent, engaging series.
Yes, loved the series!
She did a great job with all of the characters.
Would appreciate anything new from Ms Garriger!