Published: October 2009
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
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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?
I absolutely loved this book! I'm usually not a fan of paranormal historical fiction, but I adored Soulless. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti, is witty, independent and a total badass. Her awesome sense of humor is one of my favorite parts of the book. I usually get so put off by how women were treated in the past (marry, have kids, stay quiet) that I don't read books in this genre, but Alexia's witty remarks and free thinking was a breath of fresh air.
This world perfectly mixes Victorian London with the paranormal in a steampunk sort of way. I enjoyed how the existence of vampires and werewolves weren't kept a secret. They were part of London's society, just not looked at as highly as humans.
There was also mystery in the book with trying to figure out why supernaturals were suddenly disappearing. I loved how it offered suspense and also showed how well Alexia and Lord Maccon worked together. Lord Maccon, by the way, is a total babe!
I usually find the first book in a series to be a bit overkill with all the descriptions, but I thought Soulless had the perfect amount of world building without losing focus of the story.
I seriously cannot wait to read the rest of the books in The Parasol Protectorate series!