Part of the The Parasol Protectorate series
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble in the air 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 just happens to be eight months pregnant. Will Alexia be able to figure out who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it's too late?
Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And do they really have to take up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet? ***Also available as a manga adaptation***
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/07/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780356500096
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Review by riverwillow
The fourth book in the series and Alexia, now eight months pregnant, discovers that there is a plot to assassinate the Queen. As a result she's again plunged into investigating the dark period in her husband's life before he became the Alpha of the Woolsey Pack. The situation is further complicated because, once again, Alexia's life, and that of her unborn child, is under threat, this time from the vampires, equipped with zombie porcupines. Lord Akeldama, in collusion with Conall and Professor Lyle cook up a cunning plan. She may be eight months pregnant, with the 'infant-inconvenience' and with 'the distinct appearance of a stuffed goose with bunions' doesn't prevent her from foiling the attempts on her and Conall's lives; providing comfort to a young werewolf with issues; jumping in and out of carriages and personal dirigibles; causing the odd explosion, wield her parasol and drink copious amounts of tea. Fabulous.
Review by litaddictedbrit
This is the fourth of five books in the Parasol Protectorate series featuring Alexia (spinster-come-lady), Lord Maccon (deliciously rugged and handsome werewolf), Lord Akeldama (somewhat effeminate rove vampire) and Queen Victoria.Set in an alternative Victorian England, these books positively ooze charm and wit and are so much fun to read. The characters are wonderful and the tone just perfect. Kooky inventions, daring transportation, perfectly coiffed hair and battered bustles - what more could you want?! Vampires, werewolves, ghosts and a preternatural...? Why of course!The only real question is which werewolf you're going to fall in love with. I'm a Lord Maccon girl myself - his and Alexia's relationship is one of the best things about this series. Their sarcastic and barbed exchanges garnered many a chuckle from me and were balanced superbly with a heart-warming sense of genuine, old-fashioned romance. Lord Maccon, however, is an animalistic, barely-tamed Scottish Alpha werewolf. My mother, however, prefers his Beta - Professor Lyall. His more refined, under-stated elegance and subtle command is clearly more her style. (And no, I do not want this psycho-analysing...)Heartless is a great addition to the series and I actually enjoyed it more than Blameless (the third of the series). There's a good 'mystery' for Alexia to interfere with and some excellent twists to keep you intrigued. It's also a great one for developing the histories of some of the main characters and spinning the relationships and personalities around a little to keep things fresh. Ivy, for one, gets an overdue bit of attention and flourishes for it.All of this said, if you've read the beginning of the series, I doubt you'll need much convincing to carry on! You really don't need to worry - this is as good, if not better, than its predecessors.Oh, and the 'Parasol Protectorate' is finally born! Hurrah!Overall: If you haven't yet read Soulless, what on earth are you doing? Shoo! Go on, find yourself a copy, suspend reality and romp around Victorian England lamenting your bustle and rousing ghosts - you'll be glad you did!