Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party--how vulgar!--she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans. (Oct.)
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1 . Jane Austen/fantasy, fantastcally combined
Posted May 27, 2011 by Kristy , Berrien, miThis book was highy entertaining. i love how the author uses old english words and sayings in such a easy and conversational manner. it is a fun read and witty as well. i laughed out loud at times because Alexia is a lovable, unique character that is simply charismatic, and has a way with words that makes you smile. the steam punk machinery and her parasol was my next favorite aspect. highly imaginative, and combined werewolf/vampire fantasy into the story without coming acrosss overdone and repetive like alot of similiear genres. i loved this book, and continued to read the rest of the series. i cant wait until july for the next installment!
2 . bravo!!!!
Posted May 31, 2010 by Tiffany , San AntonioThe story picks up on the first book. I thought there were a few slow parts with Ivy but still could not put down the book. The end was a shock. I cannot wait until Sept to find out what happens. The writing is clever and her characters well developed. This series a keeper to read over and over.
3 . Very Entertaining
Posted December 07, 2009 by Suzatm , Media, PAI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very nice to find an author who can take the much used vampire and werewolf and do something different with them. I look forward to her next book in the series which is suppose to come out in March of next year. I would most definitely recommend this book.
4 . Clever and entertaining
Posted November 21, 2009 by Alethea A , Los AngelesI really enjoyed this new stake-and-crumpets Victorian steampunk series: The Parasol Protectorate, starting with Soulless. It has all the bells and whistles of a Regency romance (parasols, cravats, and treacle tarts); the heavings and throbbings of a historical romance; the fangs, claws, and painful transformations of a paranormal fantasy (yes, complete with a transplanted Highland werewolf in London); and buckets and buckets of tea. Part Charlotte Bronte, part P.G. Wodehouse, with a dollop of Joss Whedon and just a dash of your favorite bodice-ripping author.
September 25, 2009
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