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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 is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and 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? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
Soulless was a New York Times and Locus (#2) bestseller; Publishers Weekly Best Book (2009); made IndieBound November 2009 Notables, Audible.com Best of 2010, and Locus Recommended Reading First Novel lists; was an Audible.com Top 20 Sleeper Hit; was nominated for the John W. Campbell (2010) and Compton Crook (2010) awards; was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel (2010) and PEARL Award in the New Author Category (2009), and won an Alex Award from the American Library Association.
Praise for Soulless Hardcover
“Spectacular debut novel.”
4 ½ stars
“... manages to engage the mind and heart while it entertains.”
“Carriger’s leading lady is a strong, independent role model for female readers… Ladies and gentlemen of propriety are combined with dirigibles, robots, werewolves, and vampires, making this story a steampunk mystery and an adventure mash-up that is sure to intrigue readers…”
“...clever and amusing...a genre goulash of urban fantasy, historical fantasy and romance with a dash of steampunk for flavor… Soulless will please fans of fantasy, historical fantasy and paranormal romance alike.”
“There are times when this book is laugh-out-loud funny, times when the action gets your heart pumping and times when other parts of your anatomy could...do with a bucket of cold water. It’s also a tremendous read.”
Hub Magazine (UK)
“Soulless is a potent cocktail of genres-fantasy, horror, steampunk, romance, and comedy. It’s light-hearted, escapist fodder that even includes a huddle of mad scientists and a creepy Frankenstein creation that deftly lowers the blithe tone. It also may be the first vampires novel to have an appearance from Queen Victoria. One is amused.”
Sci Fi Now (UK)