Friday, November 26, 2010
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Since "Soullessness always neutralized supernatural abilities," when Alexia was attacked by a rove vampire during a ball, she tried to neutralize him. When he continued to attack, she finally killed him with a wooden hair stick and her brass parasol. Within minutes, Lord Connall Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, and Alpha of the local werewolves, turned up, with his Beta, to clean up the mess. As the supernatural liaison to the Bureau of Unnatural Registry (BUR), and an agent of Queen Victoria's Shadow Parliament, it was his responsibility to handle attacks by rove vampires and werewolves. Maccon felt as if Alexia was always turning up in the wrong places, and she knew he rubbed her the wrong way. But, her natural curiosity led to a discovery that vampires and werewolves were disappearing, so it wasn't long before she and Maccon formed an uneasy alliance. In the midst of kidnappings, disappearances, and burglaries, the two developed an animal attraction for each other.
Soulless is a fascinating story, relating an alternate history in which supernatural beings became part of society and government in Britain, while still being hunted in America. The book has an interesting mix of pseudo-science, alternate history, and mystery. Someone is behind the disappearance of vampires and werewolves, and BUR needs to solve that mystery, with a little help from Alexia Tarabotti. Carriger has managed to bring wit and sexy romance to this story, if you're a reader who likes the dominant Alpha male and a strong-willed, opinionated female. Gail Carriger's Soulless creates a fascinating Victorian England, with two characters I love. I can't wait to return to Carriger's Britain, with Changeless.
Gail Carriger's website is http://www.gailcarriger.com/
Soulless by Gail Carriger. Orbit, ©2009. ISBN 9780316056632 (paperback), 384p.
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