Victorian Vampires, Werewolves & Soulless Spinsters…

I recently discovered a fun series of novels by Gail Carriger, which I would highly recommend as light reading for anyone with an interest in the Victorian period and vampire/werewolf fiction. As a lover of the two, I was curious about this series which focuses on the antics of Alexia Tarabotti, a twenty six year old spinster, with a forthright manner and no soul. The novels are set in a Victorian England where vampires, werewolves and ghosts are integrated members of society (so kind of like a 19th Century True Blood!) and this odd mix of comedy, period setting and the supernatural works to great effect. Alexia is a great heroine, and the relationship between her and Lord Maccon (“loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf”) is fabulously funny.

The first novel, Soulless, begins with Alexia being attacked by a vampire who has a shocking lack of etiquette, poor choice in clothing and no knowledge of ‘preternaturals’ (i.e. soulless individuals who have the power to neutralise supernatural powers). Alexia accidentally kills the vampire and from here the adventure starts…! With some fabulous characters (the uber-camp Lord Akeldama, a vampire with a passion for puce waistcoats, being a prime example), the novel jogs along at a great pace and is definately worth a read for anyone who likes their supernatual fiction with a heavy dose of comedy!!

I have the others in the series on my to-read pile, so hopefully they continue in the same vein! There are currently three other books in the series, (Changeless, Blameless & Heartless) with a fifth to come soon.. (Timeless) and I can’t wait to read more about Alexia’s adventures!! A great beach-read I think (I tend to pick things that are a bit too heavy normally!) so I may save them for summer holidays later in the year!


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