Release Date: October 9, 2009
Publisher: Orbit Books
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?
This is going to be quick as a lot of you have read this or have seen it enough to know what the heck Gail Carriger's into.
A backstory for me. I've read the YA spin-off, Finishing School, and though it belongs in the same universe, Parasol Protectorate belongs to a different timeline. With that precedent, I jumped to SOULLESS thinking it's a grown up version of Finishing School.
And boy was I wrong! So very wrong to make such broad assumptions!
And it's not that although there was some action, but SOULLESS is more of a courtship-societal ton story with faint Cinderella influences with a slice of mystery than a full-on action adventure. Alexia Tarabotti armed with her rather fancy parasol, is such a delightful heroine, too clever to be considered feminine, too exotic to be pretty, and gives zero fucks to be a social butterfly. And I love her to bits! Also Ivy, the BFF decked in her outrageous hats and horrid outfits comes at a close second.
As for Lord Maccon? Damn the dude being a werewolf still haven't shed his caveman ways, I credit that to his (sexy) beastial instintcs. I loved how he "courted" Alexia and found his constant discombobulation around her adorable! He moves fast too as the two ended up riding off to the sunset at the end.
I enjoyed this cherry popping very much! I will come back for the rest of the books for sure. I can't wait to get a good dose of how Alexia and Lord Maccon's blissful life is like.