"Bollocks," said Lord Maccon upon seeing who stood before him. "Miss Tarabotti. What did I do to merit a visit from you first thing in the morning? I have not even had my second cup of tea yet."
Soulless is charming and funny. It manages to poke fun at Victorian customs and urban fantasy without going over the top. There is a fantastic moment when Maccon is told to treat Alexia like s "modern British woman" which of course is completely the opposite of what would be considered modern today. He seems almost as confused by proper etiquette in polite society as we would be if transported back in time. And there's plenty of cake.
Of course Alexia isn't your average, swooning Victorian lady but she does feel the pressure to at least try to fit in. She's rather bookish and likes to keep abreast of scientific advancements. She has even read about certain carnal acts in her late father's library. It's rather amusing when she gets to try some of them out.
Soulless is the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series and I will certainly be reading more.