Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London's high society.
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 the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
I decided to read through all of Gail Carriger’s books after randomly picking the San Andres Shifters off the bookshelf at a store. I loved it and as soon as I realized it was part of a more expansive universe, I had to read them all.
Gail Carriger has a lovely and witty author voice and the world build is astounding. But I think my favorite part of her writing is her characters. They come right off the page. I want to dive inside and hang out with them. It’s clear how this book was able to kickstart the universe - I want to follow each character home and learn their story. I want to know the entire timeline of each hive, pack, agency, and secret society. I’m so thrilled I stumbled upon this world and I’m looking forward to every moment of this journey.
I was trying to use listening to audiobooks as a reward - listening to Gail Carriger stories while going for a walk instead of sitting sedentary, while doing chores around the house, or while sitting in traffic to/from obligations. But I can’t help myself and I’m just ripping through them.