Heartless by Gail Carriger
Also by this author: Soulless, Changeless
Series: Parasol Protectorate #4
Also in this series: Soulless, Changeless
Published by Orbit
Genres: Fantasy/Historical, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
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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?
I have to say this book although titled Heartless is probably the most heart out of all of the books so far.
In this novel we see Alexia 8 months pregnant and trying once again to keep all of the supernatural folks in place and from killing one another. I have to say I was rather impressed with Alexia in this novel because she was able to do some amazing stuff even though she was ready to pop. She just seemed so much more focused in this novel. She has always had a certain air to her and she has always been about getting her way and saving the world she lives in but this one was more than just all that.
I will once again say that most of this series it has bothered me that Lord Maccon isn’t around more but in this book I feel it actually had a purpose. I felt that the mission Alexia was on this time around was for her alone to tackle. After all a mother should do everything in her power to keep her child safe and I felt that Alexia really showed how badass she was in this novel by standing up and figuring things out mostly on her own and she did a great job of fighting battles without everyone helping her this time. She showed true strength and emotion in this one and I loved that we were able to see a different side to her character. She might complain a lot about her child but she really does love her baby as well as her husband and the life they are building for themselves and I feel I was most sold on their relationship in this book even though we are getting to the end of the series with only one book left for me to read.
Overall, I don’t want to say too much about the plot of this one because it is so late in the series I don’t want to ruin anything but I did enjoy this book quite a bit because Alexia showed some real emotion and heart in this book and I want to see how everything turns out in the last book.