You are cordially invited to join The Parasol Protectorate author Gail Carriger for tea at Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday, September 11, at 2:00 PM, to celebrate Blameless. Steampunk or Victoriana garb is not required, but will be appreciated. Gail combines traditional steampunk with monsters in this highly popular series, a particular favorite of Terry and Linda Rae’s. She describes the books thus: “The Parasol Protectorate Series books are comedies of manners set in Victorian London: full of vampires, dirigibles, and tea. They are either Jane Austen doing urban fantasy, or PG Wodehouse doing steampunk.” Blameless involves Alexia with mechanical ladybugs, homicidal vampires, and mystic knights armed with pesto. Book IV, Heartless, is due out Spring of 2011, with the concluding volume, Timeless, Book V, due out Spring of 2012.
If you are attending the tea, please notify the staff by Wednesday, September 8.
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible
family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only
person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves
town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical
ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of
London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and
Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack
together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious
Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her
increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the
vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.
Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.
She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
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.