I’ve mentioned before how much I love Science-fiction, or fantasy rather, and boy have I’ve got an amazing one for you. Gail Carriger is the author of Soulless
the wonderful Parasol Protectorate series, a story that successfully integrates romance, steam punk sci-fi, and fantasy. Lady Carriger puts an interesting and thought provoking twist to the classic vampire/werewolf rivalry by throwing in a new breed of being: preternatural.
What I love most, of the many things to love in this series, is how true to the character Lady Carriger stays, no matter how frustrating. Many times, I wanted Alexia, the main preternatural character, to have a dramatic emotional outburst but true to her pragmatic nature, it never came. I also loved that the stories has such twist and turns and takes you so deep into peril that you cant see the way out until the always practical main character slips us through the small crack left and straight on to the resolution. These and other aspects is what makes this an exceptional story.
On the steam punk aspect of this story, I’m not too into the steam punk community so when she describes some of the gadgets they are a bit hard for me to picture, but nothing a little google search won’t fix. Steam punk according to wikipedia is:
a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistictechnologies or retr
o-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.
I have only one more novel before I’ve completed the series but I was so pleased with it that I had to write about it! Next up: Timeless.