Soulless : Book 1 of The Parasol Protectorate

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Alexia Tarabotti is labouring 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? Or 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 107 x 173 x 26mm | 185.97g
  • Orbit
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0
  • 0316056634
  • 9780316056632
  • 9,086

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"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. . . . This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans."-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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"Laugh out loud funny and refreshingly different, SOULLESS kept me turning pages well into the night. I enjoyed every minute of this wonderfully unexpected twist on paranormals...Wickedly funny." "Angie Fox, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Accidental Demon Slayer"""
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About Gail Carriger

Ms. Carriger began writing in order to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning.
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106,918 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (39,218)
3 21% (22,121)
2 6% (6,521)
1 4% (3,865)

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This was yet another book that I can't believe I didn't pick up before now. It had exactly the witty writing style that I absolutely adore. I immediately fell in love with Alexia Tarabotti. She was an incredibly steadfast, intelligent and hilarious character that never failed to make me laugh out loud enough for everybody to look at me like I'm insane. She made the whole book in my opinion. I also loved all of the supporting characters. Especially Lord Maccon, for reasons that will definitely become apparent if you read the book. The relationship between Alexia and Maccon just had me in hysterics, more so than ever when I found out what all the fuss was about the hedgehog. The plot was really inventive and definitely kept me turning pages as fast as I could. There was a perfect mix of everything that a book needs so the plot developed at a great pace. Where the story line was progressing a little slowly, there were moments where the characters got to shine. Then when the plot picked up again, so much suspense was involved I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. What I loved most about this book though, was the writing. I know a lot of people would take a while to become accustomed to it. I find this writing style so entertaining though so when I read the first page, I was jumping up and down with excitement in my head. Overall though, I'm seriously excited to read the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what direction it's taken in and to get back into the world of Alexia and Lord more
by Maryam H
I was surprised how much I liked this story. It was wry and innovative. The concepts behind it and the sense of humour throughout were truly lovely. The only thing that spoiled it a little was the author's tendency toward very long sentences, and the highbrow "voice" the author uses. There's nothing wrong with either; I simply didn't cope with them very well. I needed long breaks from the novel before returning to it. But that's me; others I know enjoyed it far more than I did. A clever author with a clever idea. Worth a more
by Peter Aldin
I fell in love with Alexia on the first few pages and never stopped. Gail Carriger is uniquelly funny, builds the plot so easily and manages to ensnare the reader. Even though all lines are untangled in the end, you are left with longing for more. More witty quips, more ugly hats and unfashionable parasols, more tea and treacle tart and all the most, more whipped werevolves and harassed vampires under the tight reign of one incredible bluestocking :)show more
by Tempeste
It has been utterly too long a time since I've giggled my way through an entire novel - in the good way. This novel is filled with intricate world-building, smoothly blending paranormal oddities within a steampunk setting. The most winning part of all however, has definitely got to be the incredibly quirky, yet sympathizing and adore-able characters, major and minor. There is no cliffhanger ending, but this is the kind of book where you'll be pining for the sequel just to meet the characters again. (detailed review: more
by Angel T.
This book is a real page-turner. I ordered the next volumes immediately after I red the first one. I loved the way Carriger described her paranormal steampunk London. I also enjoyed the funny aspects of the Victorian age. I can recommend the book to everyone who is interested in the detective plots, romance and sexy werewolves (plus one ridiculous and adorable vampire.)show more
by Alena Veselá
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