Soulless #1 Sjælesluger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #1
Author: Gail Carriger
Published in English: 2009
Dansk titel: Sjælesluger
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2014
Finished Reading: December 2019
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 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 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?
I wouldn’t call this a Young Adult, it’s more aimed toward the older audience and for that reason, and this isn’t your typical read in the fantasy genre. The main character is a lot more mature and you can sense that she has a personality unlike those love-struck girls whom chases after the bad boy. Alexia is a very complex woman and I found her to be very hilarious and loveable. I wouldn’t say she’s easily relatable but she possesses some qualities that I enjoy particularly much.
As the book suggests Alexa is soulless however, in my opinion she’s the one in the book with most soul and heart.
Overall, this read is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Besides the main character being the best leading character I’ve ever meet in any genre, the way the author describes the scenery is beyond anything I’ve seen before. Her description of Victorian London is just breathtaking. It was like walking into the rooms of the places and immediately feeling at home.
I can’t wait to see what’ll happen in the next book, I’m sure the author has plenty up her sleeve, even though this could have been a standalone. I’m glad she continued and made it a trilogy.
One of the things that made me hesitant toward the books was the covers, granted they aren’t ugly, but not very inviting, maybe that’s just me. At least I know what I’ll be spending my Christmas doing! Finishing this series since I’m dying to know how it’ll end.