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Soulless - A quirky debut novel for those sick of the same urban fantasy tropes


Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger describes her first novel as “urbane fantasy” – an apt description for this paranormal Victorian comedy of manners.

In Alexia Tarabotti’s London vampires enjoy positions of influence and prestige in the upper echelons of society and werewolves, while considered by some as barely civilised, play crucial roles in the military and policing. Alexia herself is something altogether different – a preternatural, born without a soul, her touch can nullify a supernatural’s power.

So when an unexpected vampire tries to bite her at a dinner party Alexia is almost as shocked by his woeful awareness of her soulless condition as she is by his inexcusable lack of etiquette. In the frightfully vulgar scuffle that results, Alexia accidentally kills the vampire with her parasol, bringing her once more to the attention of the bothersome werewolf and chief investigator Lord Maccon.

Alexia – spinster and insufferable blue stocking – is a terrific creation and Carriger has succeeded in mixing some of the best elements of paranormal romance, steam punk, mystery and Victorian comedy of manners to create a new series that stands out  from the pack in today’s oversaturated urban fantasy market.

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