Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

If you haven’t read Soulless, the first book in the Parasol protectorate- series, I sincerely (and perfectly!) envy you! Since this is the best Victorian-steampunk-vampire-werewolf-Jane-Austen book of the millennia! Really! It is!

In Soulless we get to know Alexia Tarrabotti, a ladylike spinster (a fancy word for a woman who remains unmarried) armed with a parasol and an iron will from hell, but regrettably no soul. Well, you can’t have it all, and Alexia has instead quite a lot of interesting friends, from vampires to ladies with a taste for silly hats. Lacking a soul has its benefits, since it means that you can withdraw the mystical essence from any supernatural creature and turn them back to humans as long as you are able to touch them. This may come in handy if you for example wish to slay a rude and attacking vampire (which occurs already on page 6!).

The author Gail Carriger manages to describe a wonderful world, a London where dirigibles lands in Hyde Park and steam-engine tea brewers may be fitted to horse carriages. It’s a mystery novel with stolen information, weird scientists, werewolves, corsets and tea pots, and it is completely and utterly impossible not to fall in love with!

The only small flaw to the book is actually its cover: While generally I have absolutely nothing against covers with steampunk parasols and evening gowns (not to mention high hats with attached goggles upon them), the main character Alexia is described as fairly chubby, while the model for the book… is not. But, seriously, you cannot have everything in the world, my dear.

If you like Victorian novels, urban fantasy and anything in the vampire genre, then this is the book for you! There are also two more books in the series: Changeless and Blameless, where we can continue to follow Alexia’s adventures.

Yours truly/

Ophelia


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