Heartless by Gail Carriger

Heartless by Gail CarrigerThe latest in the Parasol Protectorate continues to be delightful. If you haven’t read the previous ones, I’d suggest flipping back to my old reviews rather than reading this one. One of the things that makes this series continue to hold my interest is that, despite having the same characters, each book does something different. In this book, we learn something in the background of Lord Maccon all the while in a desperate search to stop a plot against the Queen. And if that’s not enough the vampires are still determined to kill Alexia before the child they consider an abomination is born.

But everything is not what it seems, as is often the case in these books, and while Alexia’s husband strains within the bounds of civility, she goes on a merry chase across London, and sends her own network of spies (okay just one slightly frivolous actress) gallivanting across the country to delve into things best left alone. The answers she finds will pit her against old friends and allies, make her question what she always knew, and bring change in the place of tradition.

If that’s not enough to intrigue you, let me say these are not serious books. While the characters do have to face some emotional conflicts that might allow you to examine your own reactions in not-so-similar circumstances, Carriger does not try to change the world. What she does try to do, and very successfully, is provide a funny, fun, and zany escape from the concerns of everyday life.

So, if you haven’t given the series a try, I highly recommend it. I have a lot of favorite authors, and an untold number of books on my to-be-read pile, but she is one of those who manages to creep to the top in short order. Or rather, she would if my youngest son didn’t lay claim to the books first.

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