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Book 108: Soulless: the Manga Volume 1 by Gail Carriger and Rem

Book 108: Soulless: the Manga Volume 1.
Author: Story by Gail Carriger, Artwork by Rem, 2012.
Genre: Steampunk. Historical Fantasy. Vampires. Werewolves.
Other Details: Manga/Graphic Novel. 224 pages.

The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an encounter that results in the death of the half-starved creature, her circumstances become exponentially more complicated indeed! Now caught up in an intrigue with life or death stakes, Alexia must rely on all her talents to outmatch the forces conspiring against her, but it may be the man who has caught her eye - Lord Conall Maccon - and their budding flirtation that truly drives her to her wit's end! - synopsis from UK publisher's website.

I found this a delightful manga adaptation of Gail Carriger's first novel in her Parasol Protectorate series. I do feel it is best to read the novels first as obviously there is a lot that cannot be illustrated.

The artwork was lovely. The sex scenes were handled quite tasteful with strategic clothing or wisps of hair covering up anything too graphic.
Tags: fantasy, historical fiction, manga, steampunk, vampires, werewolves

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