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.
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.
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