Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gail Carriger - Heartless

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?

Comment: The next adventure of Alexia Tarabotti brings us a very pregnant Alexia still trying to solve many things at once. She has to deal with her sister's new look at life, her husband's pack issues, poor Biffy's state of mind, the vampire's attacks, the giant octopus destroying London and a warning from a ghost. All this while 8 months pregnant.
In this 4th book we have many surprises. We finall see who was behind the Kingair plot to kill the queen, and the revelation coming from there is a shock. Besides Biffy and the pack are still having issues and Alexia feels the need to help. Then she finds out who wants to kill the queen and because of knowing that she takes a decision that will affect the state of her house.
I was very surprised with so many interesting information that shows up in the book, I loved it. Everything has a reason and the whys of those seemed credible to me. We have some more insight into some of the secondary characters, some things I didn't expect but I was so much more happy for it, because things aren't as predictable as they might look.
Then there's the author's subtle ways of dealing with serious things, although many parts of the story are filled with comic tidbits or situations, all things are serious and are treated with true feeling, in a very subtle way. I liked this a lot.
We also see her child being born and this also brings some shock, something I can't wait to be adressed in the next book.
It's obvious the author is tidying things to end the series in the next book. But she's doing it well, in a sensible way, and it feels like she's coming to a perfect end, let's see. I'll be sorry to see its end, but she will publish a new series in the future connected to this one, so it won't be a final goodbye. So far, the series is close to perfection, so I'm happy.

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