leedock’s CBR-III Review #31-“Heartless” – Gail Carriger

If Jane Austen lived in Victorian England and was getting properly shagged on a regular basis, this is what she would have written.

Set in an alternate London where vampires, werewolves and ghosts are all a recognized part of London society, Carriger’s story follows Alexia Tarabotti,  a soulless being, and her many adventures negotiating social situations, solving mysteries and drinking tea. Best friends with an effete vampire and a woman with a penchant for wearing disastrous hats, the ever pragmatic Alexia arms herself with a tricked out parasol and, without a soul to impede her, faces whatever comes with aplomb.

Steampunk elements coupled with crisp Austen-like dialogue transport you to a different world where vampires and werewolves are just characters among many and not pivotal plot points. The well trodden path of vampire/werewolf/paranormal romance is rejuvenated with a fresh breath of steam filled air.

“Heartless” is book 4 in Gail Carriger’s “Parasol Protectorate” series and does not disappoint. Alexia battles undead porcupine, rogue inventors and paranoid vampires all while trying to foil what she thinks is a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria. Huzzah!

I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these little adventures: “Soulless”, “Changeless”,  “Blameless”, and “Heartless”. They are witty, sassy and a hoot. Go read them NOW.

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