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Book 1 in The Parasol Protectorate Series
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?
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Behind the Scenes of Soulless:
This is the first chapter of Soulless as a full cast audio. Miss Gail and her friends at Artistic Whispers put it together only as a sample. It is not the audiobook. It was distributed via podcast. The narrator is Miss Gail’s mum!
Here’s the actual audiobook!
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.
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Praise for Soulless
“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)
“I was enchanted from start to finish. Carriger has created a wonderfully detailed world that is just one step to the side of our own. ”
“Alexia Tarabotti may have no soul, but her first book definitely has it in spades.”
“Fans will enjoy the spin as Ms. Carriger provides a delightful historical fantasy that gives new meaning to a bloody good fantasy.”
Genre Go Round
“Laugh out loud funny and refreshingly different, Soulless kept me turning pages well into the night. I enjoyed every minute of this wonderfully unexpected twist on paranormals.”
New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Demon Slayer
“Deliciously, vampiricly satiric, a tremendously clever, sexy read.”
Karen Marie Moning
New York Times bestselling author of The Fever Series
“Soulless has all the delicate charm of a Victorian parasol, and all the wicked force of a Victorian parasol secretly weighted with brass shot and expertly wielded. Ravishing.”
New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians