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Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate: Book 4 by Gail Carriger
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780356500096
Date: 07 July 2011 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

One of Orbit's more prominent releases of last year were Gail Carriger's debut Parasol Protectorate novels, comprising Soulless, Changeless and Blameless and. These books proved something of a talking point - combining a well-written, fun and witty genre adventure with great design and marketing, an arrival on the scene right when Steampunk books were cool and a talented, colourful and very visible author who is aware of the need to get "out there" and able to do so without being obtrusive. It was an impressive start to what will doubtless be an impressive career and one with, one hopes, impressive returns for the publisher who got this one right on so many levels. A new title in the series, Heartless is now published by Orbit, like the others as a paperback original.

"Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble in the air 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 just happens to be eight months pregnant. Will Alexia be able to figure out who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it's too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And do they really have to take up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?"

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