Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gail Carriger - Soulless

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 is 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?

Comment: I have had this book in my TBR list for more than one year. Yes, and lots of other books have been there for a long more, I'm hopeless.
Anyway, I finally read it. I have a friend who prefers fantasy above any other genre, although she reads UF and romances too. She said this book was very, very good and it had a strong story, so that was why I decided try it, and thankfully she was right.
Alexia has no soul which means she can neutralize the supernatural of everyone who isn't human. This also means she can be a danger to some species who might feel threatened by her power. Alexia is a vitorian lady, a spinster, and a very assertive disposition, and often has arguments with lord Maccon, the werewolf alpha and someone she's attracted to.
The attraction is mutual and Lord Maccon sees past her power and attitude and sees a woman he's developing feelings for.
I enjoyed their "fights" a lot, it's so funny to see them walking around each other, and everyone else who knows them thinks they're perfect for each other, but themselves. The evolution of their relationship is perfect, I think.
However, some troubles appear because some vampires and werewolves, specially the loner ones, are missing more and more and something must be going on. What happens is a danger for all of them, but in the end Alexia and Lord Maccon save the day.
I loved all the secondary characters, some of them will certainly offer interesting developments in the following books. I also like the author's style and all the mix of romance and steampunk and paranormal, all together make an interesting balanced mixture.
The language used is the only think I couldn't help notice, I mean, it was well done but usually in regency or historical novels I can put aside the fact it's there, but in this case, I guess it's too remarkable. Not in a bad way, just enough to be noticed.
Anyway, I'm still happy with the book and will read the next one in november.

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