Soulless Alexia Tarabotti is witty, intelligent and a spinster. Despite her Italian ancestry, Alexia is born of both elite society and the local preternatural community and excluded from but she’s excluded from it because of her sex and breeding. Relegated to ‘the shelf’ instead of attending her debut, at 25, Alexia is odd woman out whether at home, at a ball or traipsing through the local supernatural haunts.
At the latest ball to serve sub-standard fare, Alexia retires to be alone and is accosted by a half-starved vampire that knew nothing of the soulless and how they null supernatural powers with their very touch. But someone’s intent on knowing much more about supernatural beings and now Alexia too is a curiosity that must be unraveled. Which does include a bit of danger and intrigue.
Something has held me back from this series since its release. The bottom line for this reader is I liked but didn’t love it. In this Victorian world with steampunk elements, paranormal creatures openly sharing the human world (and not necessarily behaving the way a reader may expect) was charming enough alongside the bits of romance, mystery and drama for the going on with… right now.