I picked up the Parasol Protectorate series this past weekend on Amazon for my Kindle App. I got all five books for $19.99. It was too fantastic of a price not to pick up. The series is also available in paperback if you prefer the actual books.
Lately, I’ve become enamored with the Steampunk genre and this book is part of that as well. But, it also contains fantasy elements (werewolves and vampires) and romance. The lead character is a woman by the name of Alexia Tarabotti, who is soulless and thus can affect other supernatural beings, which leads to exciting adventures and mysteries. The story takes place in London in the late 1800s so it does cover various aspects of dress, society, and science of that time.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about this series but I couldn’t put it down. Alexia is a very strong female character and I absolutely love her. I would say that the description of Alexia is not typical of many lead female characters, and this is why she is so endearing to me. Some would say nonconventional beauty but to me it seems like normal beauty. Of course, she does have a nonconventional love interest as well in the shape of a large werewolf, Lord Conall Maccon. I don’t want to give too much away but the interactions between her and Lord Maccon are hilarious and naughty.
In addition, the supporting characters are just as intriguing in their relationships with Alexia and others. I mentioned Lord Maccon but there are some others that are werewolves, vampires and humans, such as Professor Lyall, Lord Akeldama, and Madame Lefoux. Don’t worry, technically there aren’t any sparkling vampires but Lord Akeldama could be described as “sparkly”. You will have to read the books to find out what I mean.
I am currently in book #3 of the series and taking a break to write a quick review. But, I know I will finish this one before the night is over because I NEED to know what happens. While all the books have a good amount of humor in them, the third book really has some great moments involving sheep, wolves, and “pickled”. Therefore, I recommend you at least go purchase “Soulless” and read it. Now I must find out what trouble Alexia is getting herself into with Madame Lefoux.
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