My friends know the types of books I love (because they love them too) so when my friend put a book in my hand on the weekend and said read this you’ll love it. I did. And she was right, I did indeed love it. In fact, I loved it so much I went and brought the other 4 books in the series.
That book she placed in my hand was Soulless by Gail Carriger and is described by the author as ‘Jane Austen does urban fantasy meets PG Wodehouse does steampunk. It features a soulless spinster confronting Queen Victoria’s grumpy werewolf investigator over the issue of lisping vampires.’ With an elevator pitch like that you know that this is a book worth reading. I was looking for an entry point into the genre Steampunk, a genre I heard many things about but never knew quite how to access it. This book is that gateway. Also it brings the funny which is something that is missing from the urban fantasy genre a lot of the time.
Soulless is a very easy read with characters that captivate you within moments of their introduction. I found it extremely hard to put this book down and was actually extremely grateful that a fault with my flight out of London meant an extra 90 minutes reading time whilst sitting on the tarmac.
If you enjoy books with a strong capable female character, the supernatural of the non-sparkling variety, a large dose of fantasy and a strong sense of the absurd, then track down Soulless and be prepared to make 4 other book purchases as soon as you finish the first chapter.