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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?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

The Parasol Protectorate

For more from Gail Carriger, check out:

The Custard Protocol

Finishing School (YA)
Etiquette & Espionage
Curtsies & Conspiracies
Waistcoats & Weaponry
Manners & Mutiny

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4.3 / 5
Steampunk the way it should be!
December 11th, 2014
This isn't just your standard steampunk, however, because its also supernatural! Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, and Soulless all help make this an even more fascinating universe. Funny, insightful, innovative, action packed, and heartfelt, Gail always make stories a joy to experience. I love this series.
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Good story
October 22nd, 2013
Enjoyed the story. I found the shifting points of view slightly confusing and some of the writing a bit lazy, but the story was fun. The wasn't enough stream punk for my tastes, but that hardly mattered.
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October 3rd, 2013
The writing style was a bit slow for me, being an American. But, nevertheless, great book. I hate the new age vampires and weres. This book reminds me of the original lore with a new "out of the coffin" twist.
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First Steampunk...& I loved it.
May 30th, 2013
So funny in that British Victorian Age way. Got the entire series to date.
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