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?
©2011 Hachette Audio (P)2011 Gail Carriger
While not my favorite, it's still an okay book. I enjoyed the beginning and the very end (the last 20-ish minutes or so) but didn't really get into the middle and what followed as much as I would've liked. I understand it's a whole different time and place but I kind of wanted to smack Alexia with her own parasol in this book. Emily Gray does a nice job as narrator, as usual.
The Parasol Protectorate series never fails to entertain! Supernatural stories with a proper British flavor. Gail Carriger has another hit! Emily Gray does another wonderful rendition of these tales! You should definitely check out this series.
After the last book in the series I was not looking forward to this one....I am eating my words right now. I honestly think that besides the first book, this was definately one of the best. I am proud to say that I am throughly looking foward to the release of the next book Timeless in a few months. I can't wait
Wow! That was boring! There was absolutely no story to this "book". Ninety-nine percent was the overly-detailed descriptions of the heroine's life as a pregnant woman. One percent mentioned the other characters briefly but usually while they were discussing fashion and home decorating. There was also no mystery. Nada. Someone mentioned the queen's life was in danger and that was it. Undoubtedly it was supposed to set up the next book, but give us something worth our time, please! Again, Wow! That was boring!
I would not recommend series has lost its charm starting with this book
The Hive has been behind most of her problems, yet she runs to their rescue at the expense of her friend, and she constantly offers refuge to her horrible sister who has no redeemable qualities. Why would she offer lodgings to a bunch of vicious murdering vampires that have been out to get her since day one? After several attempts against her they are never held accountable and now she's bending over backwards to help them... Really? It's enough to make you lose respect for the heroine.
The narration is not great with regards to the male characters but has been consistent throughout the series so can't complain overmuch.
No too many things ignored in the book like her terrible selfish family that will kick her out into the street which is completely ignored in the series. Her tolerance for the vampire hive that has continuously tried to kill her is really disappointing. She is supposed to be a strong heroine but she lets these two groups do things to her with no backlash whatsoever.
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!
I'm a writer working in the advertising industry with a background in music and film studies. My favourite audiobook genre is urban fantasy.
Heartless & the rest of the Parasol Protectorate are very high up on my audiobook list. My other favourite series are The Hollows, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Sookie Stackhouse and The Dresden Files, so it's in good company. But I'd say it's number one or two on the list.
My favourite character was Lord Akeldama. His nicknames and lighthearted frivolity are entertaining, but he's not a 2-dimensional character. The emotional depth that slips out; his pain in letting go of someone he loves is deeply palatable and moving, no matter how hard he tries to hide it.
Anything involving Biffy naked holding Alexia's hand. The awkwardness and comedy is coupled with some really moving character development. Plus, Alexia's waddling never gets old.
I laughed a lot. I didn't cry (I cried during Changeless and Timeless).
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