Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Parasol Protectorate #1
by: Gail Carriger
$7.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: October 2009

Alexia has always been a bit of an odd duck.  First, there's being soulless to contend with.  Second, she's a spinster, which makes for rather odd looks at social gatherings.  While at a party, a vampire attacks her for no reason whatsoever, forcing her to defend herself.  Lord Maccon, (who Alexia thinks is a terribly annoying but very handsome werewolf) is sent to investigate.

Vampires are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate, and there are some who believe Alexia is behind it.  Being soulless gives her the ability to negate a supernatural's powers, and because of that is considered an enemy to vampires and werewolves alike.

But there is another group lurking in the shadows, determined to figure out exactly what Alexia is, and will stop at nothing to obtain her.  Now she must work with Lord Maccon to find the perpetrators--if only they can quit arguing long enough to get anything done.

I've been eyeballing this series for a few months now, and since we've arranged an interview with Gail Carriger on August 27th, I figured I'd give the books a shot.  And let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed.  I loved the book.  I usually don't read historical, but because the author resides in England, it gave the story a very authentic feel.  The steampunk aspect mixed in was new, and it helped add to the story.  Because she has no soul, Alexia is very independant and pragmatic.  Her Italian father passed down his darker skin to her, so she takes a bit of flak for it, because pale is at the height of fashion.  She's had some past run-ins with Lord Maccon, and the two spent most of that time bickering.  She does find him attractive, and despite the mutual dislike the two seem to have, love begins to bloom.  The characters were written beautifully, with enough wit to keep my attention glued to the book.  This is one of those books where I stay up all night because I can't sleep until I find out what happened. 

Carla gives this book a

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