Soulless, Changeless, Blameless
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In Which Parasols Prove Useful
Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarabotti was not the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: she
had retreated to the library, her favorite sanctuary in any house, only to happen upon an unexpected vampire.
She glared at the vampire.
For his part, the vampire seemed to feel that their encounter had improved his ball experience immeasurably. For there she sat, without escort, in a low-necked ball gown.
In this particular case, what he did not know could hurt him. For Miss Alexia had been born without a soul, which, as any decent vampire of good blooding knew, made her a lady to avoid most assiduously.
Yet he moved toward her, darkly shimmering out of the library shadows with feeding fangs ready. However, the moment he touched Miss Tarabotti, he was suddenly no longer darkly doing anything at all. He was simply standing there, the faint sounds of a string quartet in the background as he foolishly fished about with his tongue
for fangs unaccountably mislaid.
Miss Tarabotti was not in the least surprised; soullessness always neutralized supernatural abilities. She issued the vampire a very dour look. Certainly, most daylight folk wouldn’t peg her as anything less than a standard English prig, but had this man not even bothered to read the vampire’s official abnormality roster for London and
its greater environs?
The vampire recovered his equanimity quickly enough. He reared away from Alexia, knocking over a nearby tea trolley. Physical contact broken, his fangs reappeared. Clearly not the sharpest of prongs, he then darted forward from the neck like a serpent, diving in for another chomp.
“I say!” said Alexia to the vampire. “We have not even been introduced!”
Miss Tarabotti had never actually had a vampire try to bite her. She knew one or two by reputation, of course, and was friendly with Lord Akeldama. Who was not friendly with Lord Akeldama? But no vampire had ever actually attempted to feed on her before!
So Alexia, who abhorred violence, was forced to grab the miscreant by his nostrils, a delicate and therefore painful area, and shove him away. He stumbled over the fallen tea trolley, lost his balance in a manner astonishingly graceless for a vampire, and fell to the floor. He landed right on top of a plate of treacle tart.
Excerpted from the book Soulless by Tofa Borregaard. Copyright © 2009 Tofa Borregaard. Reprinted with permission of Orbit, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
Arm yourself with a heavy umbrella and prepare to face a comedy of manners like no other. Set in Victorian London and full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles—and even pesto—we present to you The Parasol Protectorate by New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger.
Soulless: Alexia Tarabotti has three strikes against her: She’s a spinster. She does not suffer fools gladly. And she lacks a soul. So when a vampire rudely goes for her neck, and she accidentally dispatches him with her ability to nullify supernatural powers (and her trusty parasol), Alexia herself looks suspect. Especially when new vampires start turning up on London’s streets—and known ones mysteriously go missing.
Changeless: When her new husband—a brash werewolf investigator—disappears, Alexia must deal with supernatural soldiers, exorcised ghosts, an angry Queen Victoria and werewolf pack dynamics!
Blameless: After Alexia is attacked by vicious, mechanical ladybugs, it seems the vampires want her dead. The inscrutable Italian Templars might explain her troubles...but they may be worse than the vampires!
With such social scandal and supernatural strife, could there possibly be enough tea in England to see Alexia through?
Hardcover Book : 736 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( August 01, 2011 )
Item #: 13-409885
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 25.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Excellent read! Highly entertaining! I'm looking forward to the next ones.
Because these books are hard to put down. A fresh look at supernatural creatures with well rounded characters. The stories are witty, suspenseful and laugh out loud funny at some of the things Alexia, Conall and Lord Akadama say and do.
I was so disappointed upon finding out at the authors website that there would be no more. I am sorely going to miss the characters in these books. Thanks Gail for the five stories you did. I recommend them to all my book reading friends.
Reviewer: John K
Love this series of books. Am I the only one who sees such a strong resemblence to The Series of Unfortunate Events (book series for kids)? And that is a compliment to both series/authors. These have the same feel and some of the same humor, except more adult of course. Could the same person be writing all of these books, using different pseudonyms? In any event, these books are very enjoyable and smart. Thanks, Gail (or WHOEVER you are! lol). Getting ready to order the second volume.
With the somewhat skewed descriptions of Victorian england, scientific endeavors, AND a combination of various supernaturals, culture, politics, and politeness in the extreme; this set of stories is funny and farcical as well as interesting.
I couldn't put this book down. Truly not your typical vampire/werewolf stories. Can't wait for more Alexia and Conall adventures.