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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
Cover Artist: Photo: Derek Caballero
Review by Gayle Surrette
Orbit Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316056632
Date: 01 October 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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 a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

(Source: Orbit)

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