Number of pages: 384
Publisher: Orbit Books
Rating: older adults (violence and sexual content)
Genre: supernatural, mystery, steampunk
Notes: book 1 of the Parasol Protectorate series
Alexia Tarabotti is half Italian, half dead, and a spinster. The story begins when a vampire rudely attacked her. An incident that begins a series of events as vampires and werewolves are disappearing on the streets of London. Set in the Victorian era, Alexia is accused of their disappearances. Armed only with her trusty parasol and the acquaintance of Lord Maccon, a messy and handsome werewolf, Alexia uses her wits to confront the enemy behind the mystery. While wondering whether they have treacle tart…
If you love parasols, werewolves, and vampires, you’ll love Soulless. It’s the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. My friend recommended this when I was in the search for a new book in the fantasy genre. Soulless grabbed my attention in the first few pages, and I couldn’t stop putting it down.
Soulless is wickedly funny and cheeky. I absolutely love Alexia’s character: her humor, her charm, her courage, and the way she withstands Lord Maccon who, in my perspective, is a gentlemen regardless of his werewolf side. Although he is vulgar and barbaric, it is obvious to readers that he is protective to Alexia, regardless of her domineering behavior towards him. Alexia conveys a ‘tough girl’ attitude, but she also has a gentler side for somebody born without a soul. At first, Lord Maccon and Alexia dislike each other, but this is only the prelude to a classic attraction of the opposites. The chemistry between the two is very amusing and entertaining to read. Carriger has outdone herself with a masterfully written story filled with unexpected surprises and a turn of events, particularly when Alexia discovers the true villain behind the attacks. Soulless has become my favorite fantasy and horror novel in a 5-part series, and I can’t wait to contemplate the rest of Alexia Tarabotti’s adventures, and her relationship with Lord Maccon.
I can’t recommend this book enough. Although I should add that Soulless is definitely a novel aimed for adults, as the story contains a few R-rated moments. I’ve begun reading book two: Changeless.
I give the book 5 hoots out of 5.