Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those pesky books that aren’t released yet, but that we’re eagerly awaiting!

I’ve been pushing Gail Carriger’s The Parasol Protectorate series on to anyone who’ll listen to me give the spiel about how awesome the series is without rolling their eyes at the mention of vampires and werewolves.  Currently my copies of Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless are in my sister-in-law’s possession, so I can’t reread them while eagerly awaiting the fourth book in the series, Heartless.  Thankfully it's coming out on Friday!

Gail Carriger
Orbit – releases on July 1
400 pages
Buy it here from Amazon


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 mean, how much fun does that sound?  The first three novels were exciting, well-paced, and unlike anything I’ve had the luck of reading before.  It’s a raucous combination of the Victorian manners of Jane Austen mixed with the best of current urban fantasy.  There aren’t any cliché love triangles, just werewolves with bad manners, incredibly well-dressed vampires with flouncy young servant boys, and one of my favorite strong female protagonists that I’ve read lately.  Read these books and pick up Heartless on Friday.

And, seriously, zombie porcupines?  I’m all in.


This is a bit of a cheat as Amazon is already “selling” it as of yesterday, but my pre-order hasn’t shipped yet, so I consider it still outside my possession.


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