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11 September 2010

Parasol Protectorate Book Series

I recently stumbled across the Parasol Protectorate Book Series, which currently includes: Soulless, Blameless and Changeless. Soulless was on one of those featured tables at Borders, so given my recent fixation on books featuring supernatural charters, it looked like a good bet. I enjoyed Soulless so much that I went out as soon as I finished it and purchased the next book in the series, Changeless.

I would really recommend this series to those of you out there that like supernatural romances with a feisty heroine. Alexia, said heroine, has the interesting ability to neutralize the supernatural, but more importantly she is a total badass. As much as I love Twilight and True Blood, its so nice for the female lead to be incredibly strong willed, self-sufficient and intelligent.

For those of your out there that love steamy romance scenes, the first book in the series delivers with a red hot love affair, but, sadly, the heat seems to peter off as the series continues. I'm not saying that the lusty love scenes disappear in subsequent novels, they are just briefer and fewer.

Finally, one of my favorite elements of the series is the Victorian era setting with a steampunk twist. For those of you unfamiliar:
"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used, usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain. It has prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy; and it often features anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them." -Wikipedia
Personally, I've always kind of loved the look of steampunk, which I first became acquainted with through etsy. The Parasol Protectorate Book Series is my first foray into steam punk literature (discounting, of course, the classic novels that inspired the subgenre - Jules Verne, H.G. Wells). I think I might follow up by checking out some other steampunk books.

1 comment:

Melis Elizabeth Blogs said...

Hey! Loved this article and this blog - I'm now following! My blog just did an article on steampunk jewelry a few weeks ago (my friend Kaity created the wonderful post!) - Melissa