Vampires and werewolves may not be the first things to pop to mind when you hear “steampunk,” in Gail Carriger’s hands they fit in as nicely as zombies do in Cherie Priest’s world. But this is about as far as you can get from the rough and tumble horrorscape of Boneshaker. Instead of a lawless and rundown Seattle, we have the high society gentility of England. That said, whether it seems more civilized on the surface, this world is just as dangerous and just as full of surprises. Definitely worth a read.

Official description:

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?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.


If you want a taste before you buy, you can read an excerpt at Fangtastic.


Soulless has been out for over a year now and has received plenty of attention so reviews are relatively easy to find. Here are a few to get you started:

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