Synopsis: Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.
But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it. (from the back of the book)
Review: As with Soulless, this book is full of wit, depth, humor and excellent characters. It also go further into the difference between supernatural, natural and preternatural. Carriger continues her world building by revealing the history of the werewolves and vampires, by introducing Maccon's pack and the pack dynamics and the conflict between the different cultures and creatures. There is more steampunk in this work as well, with the dirigibles and more romance, although not between Maccon and Alexia.
Word of caution: The ending is abrupt. It would be wise to have the third book, Blameless, sitting beside you.
Bookmarks: 9 of 10
Date Finished: 6-27-2011