Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Review: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Author: Gail Carriger
Publication: Orbit; Original edition (October 1, 2009)

Product Description from Amazon: 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.

My Thoughts: I love this combination of romance, the paranormal, and steampunk. Alexia Tarabotti is a upper class spinster in the mold of Amelia Peabody (by Elizabeth Peters) and many of the heroines written by Amanda Quick. She is outspoken, courageous, and determined to go her own way. She seems to have no fear of the supernaturals around her or of the society she inhabits while still remaining true to her Victorian sensibilities.

Lord Maccon  is a wonderful hero even though he turns into a very dangerous werewolf on the night of the full moon. The interactions between Alexia and Connall, Lord Maccon had me smiling and laughing. They are truly a good match.

Alexia's friend with the ugly hats and Lord Akeldama the gay vampire with the extreme love of fashion are well-realized secondary characters who provide additional comic relief. It is an intriguing concept that the vampires and werewolves are the victims in this story and not the villains.

This was an extremely fun read. I look forward to the further adventures of Alexia and Lord Maccon.

Challenges: RYOB Challenge, 2010 E-Book Challenge


  1. Thanks for the review! I have this one checked out from the library currently but was wondering about starting it. I think perhaps I should!

  2. Thanks for the review Kathy. My copy of this book actually came in the mail today. I am glad I have a great story ahead of me.

  3. You know, I bought this book on the strength of several intriguing reviews I read online. I started reading it while at my parents' house for the holidays, got about two chapters in, and wouldn't you know, I accidentally left it at their house when I headed back home. It's still sitting their in their guest bedroom, waiting for my next visit. I liked what I'd read so far, so I'm looking forward to getting to finish it.

  4. Argh. Hit post too soon and left a really annoying typo in my previous post. Obviously it should be "it's still sitting there in their guest bedroom." I hate it when that happens.

  5. Haha, you've definitely made me want to read this. Another book to be added onto my pile.

  6. I have looked at this book several times thinking I should read it. At the moment my TBR pile is too big for it... but I have one question:

    Would this book be good for teens? It seems to have a cover that would be picked up immediately... but I wonder if the content is ok (seeing as it's about adults and all). Thoughts?


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