As much a comedy of manners as steampunk, this is summed up perfectly on its cover: "A novel of vampires, werewolves, and parasols." Protagonist Alexia Tarabotti is considered a spinster at age 25. She is also soulless, so supernatural beings have no power over her. Even more, Alexia can neutralize their powers by touching them, making a vampire or a werewolf human. Alexia finds herself stuck between the supernatural beings and a political/religious group hoping to remove the supernaturals' citizen status. The first in a series that fans of urban fantasy or paranormal romance should love.-John Klima, Bettendorf P.L., IA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
PW Reviews 2009 August #4
Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party—how vulgar!—she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans. (Oct.)[Page 48]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.