Soulless is set in an alternate Victorian England. A version different to the one we know; with werewolves, vampires and technology that is far more advanced than what it actually was.

The story follows Alexia, who is far from your normal spinster. She is quite different to humans, seeming distant and eccentric. Even the supernatural fear her, since she has the power to cancel out their supernatural abilities with one touch. Which is how she ends up killing a vampire who was frantically trying to feed on her without even being properly introduced. How appalling! Following this unfortunate accident, Alexia is pulled into a mystery and to solve it she will have to figure out how to work with the insufferable Alpha Werewolf Lord Maccon.

This is the first book of the Parasol protectorate series with Alexia showing just how much a strong-willed lady can do in a supernatural Victorian era. While it is a supernatural romance, Alexia is definitely not your typical lady in distress. In fact, she might be the hero the supernatural world needs. Her defensive skills with umbrellas and hairpins will be put to the test, since she attracts all the wrong kinds of attention. Well, mostly attracts all the wrong type of attention, this is a romance novel after all!

Gail Carriger has a way of presenting the classical Victorian era well, while still introducing a different world and propelling the story with action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. She also has a good representation of the LGBTQ+ community with her various colorful characters throughout the series. It has been a long time since I had fallen in love with an author’s way of writing until I read Gail’s work. If you like subtle humor, history references, romance and kick ass ladies series is for you!


Author: Gail Carriger


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