The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless

The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless

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by Gail Carriger
     
 

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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

Overview

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?

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

This bundle includes the whole series: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless.

Editorial Reviews

io9.com
"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse."
Locus
"A delightfully fun supernatural comedy of manners, with a refreshing romance thrown in - and a highly promising first novel."
RT Book Reviews
Praise for the Parasol Protectorate Series:

"Spectacular debut novel...a real page-turner."

Lev Grossman
"Soulless has all the delicate charm of a Victorian parasol, and all the wicked force of a Victorian parasol secretly weighted with brass shot and expertly wielded. Ravishing."
From the Publisher
Praise for the Parasol Protectorate Series:"

Spectacular debut novel...a real page-turner."—RT Book Reviews

Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse."—io9.com"

A delightfully fun supernatural comedy of manners, with a refreshing romance thrown in - and a highly promising first novel."—Locus"

Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. . . . This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans."—Publishers Weekly"

Soulless has all the delicate charm of a Victorian parasol, and all the wicked force of a Victorian parasol secretly weighted with brass shot and expertly wielded. Ravishing."—Lev Grossman, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Magicians

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316212274
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Parasol Protectorate Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
15,333
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE these stories and HIGHLY recommend them as engaging and excellent entertainment. I hope Gail Carriger writes more Parasol Protectorate stories; I'm going to hate saying goodbye to these quirky characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a few reviews of this series from individuals that also enjoyed some of my favorite urban fantasy titles and I do declare: the Parasol Protectorate is, undfortunately, a well-kept secret! I usually find Victorian-era stories lack the edge I prefer in my fantasy but this series has more than enough bite to keep me engaged. Also included are vampires, werewolves, ghosts and a a selection of other creatures handled in a fresh way. Gail Carriger should be applauded for her talent and skill not just in prose but world-building and atmospherics. I'm nearly finished with the third book in the set of five and I've already blocked out time in my weekend to finish the last two. Addictive, hilarious and full of tension, do yourself a favor and order this set immediately.
Darkstarr More than 1 year ago
Really fun series. I don't normally like paranormal books, but these books are well written with interesting characters and stories that move along at a fast pace. The mores and fashions of the 19th century English local make for an interesting read. Basically about a British Empire in which vampires, werewolves, and ghosts are able to be formed when a person has a large amount of soul. The main character, Alexia, an independently and intellectually minded lady, is interesting and you can't help but root for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this series. The plot and unique characters were cleverly written so that it was not predictable. I enjoyed the way everything was wrapped up so neatly at the end of the series.
CoeurJoyeux More than 1 year ago
Charming, witty, and fast paced! Alexia Tarabotti is exactly the type of woman I want to be when I grow up (I'm 53) - smart, no nonsense,   and always the smartest (most capable) person in the room (tomb, aether, etc...)! Miss Carriger, PLEASE continue the series immediately. The boxed set is a top value!
Maili_Jane More than 1 year ago
A little difficult to get into, but ultimately worth it. This is a fun story once you get into it, Alexia is a young woman in her 20's who has been dubbed a spinster since she was 15.   Alexia is very much her own person and she doesn't let anyone, not her mother nor dashing werewolf Earl, Conall Maccon, tell her what to do.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superior character development. Intricate plots. Endearing and entertaining characters. Witty and refreshing dialogue. Sophisticated sociological interactions. Definitely one of my all-time favorite reads.
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Read the entire series as fast as I could. Fascinating characters, interesting interactions, intriguing plots. When I finished, I wanted more. Will start Prudence soon.
54Donna More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes steampunk-type fiction! It was a shame to see it end!
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I love reading paranormal, especially when I find a gem of a book or series that is different. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this wonderful old-fashioned storyline. Well written and well executed, it had me sucked into the story as though I was living it myself, and could absolutely visualize the characters and various predicaments. Throw in a bit of quirkiness and you can't miss.
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mimikim More than 1 year ago
A series that made me laugh out loud! Very entertaining in a quirky kind of way. Different spin on the paranormal romance thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful, a historical fantasy, rendered with tongue in cheek. Many creative words and characters all stirred in for a rompus through Europe and Egypt. In the proper hands I would love to see this tranlated to the screen.
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Not normally the genre that I read but I loved them!
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