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Soulless (Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499727
Date: 02 September 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

One of Orbit US's more prominant releases of last year, Gail Carriger's debut Soulless is now published by the UK operation. This particular book has been something of a talking point - combining a well-written, fun and witty genre adventure with great design and marketing, an arrival on the scene right when Steampunk books are cool and a talented, colourful and very visible author who is aware of the need to get "out there" and able to do so without being obtrusive. It's an impressive start to what will doubtless be an impressive career and one with, one hopes, impressive returns for the publisher who got this one right on so many levels. Soulless is an Orbit paperback original and is published simultaneously with the two follow books in the series, Changeless and Blameless.

"Alexia Tarabotti is labouring 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? Or 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 a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking. "

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