Alexia Tarbotti is a Victorian spinster who is just trying to get a decent meal when a vampire attacks her. Despite repeated warnings, the vamp won’t take the hint and an unfortunate accident leaves her with no choice but to defend herself with a hairpin and parasol. To make matters worse, a group of swells arrive just as the vamp dies and Alexia has no choice but to faint. Alas, Society’s young bucks are only dislodged from the library upon the arrival of Alexia’s nemesis, Lord Maccon. Once more Alexia’s and His Lordship’s paths cross during his investigations.
And neither is willing to back down. But the stakes are shifting and more than their lives may be at stake.
Alexia isn’t like most Victorian Misses (although, I think she’d beg to differ). Sure, she’s respectable enough but she is a preternatural, a woman without a soul, who can turn vampires and werewolves temporarily back to human with just a touch. And that makes her very interesting indeed to vampires, werewolves and those who want the supernatural gone from England’s shores. Lord Maccon’s interest is a little more basic than even he realizes until his werewolves instinct takes over and forces the issue.
Soulless is one of the best books I’ve read in at least two years. It’s funny, witting and packed with adventure. The steam punk machines lend just the right touch to provide a Victorian London that’s very unique and exotic. The characters are fully-fleshed and provide just enough clues to hint at what might be revealed in futures books. It is an all around great read with a perfect splash of romance.