Gail Carriger's New York Times bestselling tale of vampires, werewolves and damsels wielding weaponised parasols comes to life in this steampunk-fueled manga adaptation.
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season, with everyone wishing to know what has caused the rift between the couple. 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 ladybirds, indicating, as only ladybirds can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
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.
Delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P. G. Wodehouse. - io9
Smart, witty writing . . . a really enjoyable read. Alexia is a wonderful character and one can only hope that the rest of the series receives the manga treatment - The Forbidden Planet Blog
I enjoyed this comic version of Soulless a lot and can't wait for the second one. Lady Alexia might just turn me into a manga-reader. Hail the victorious parasol! - SFF Book Review
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 travelled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported directly from London. Find out more about the author at gailcarriger.com.