I loooved this little novella!
It’s the story of the first meeting between Alexia Tarabotti – preternatural – and Lord Conall Maccon – werewolf Alpha of the London pack. It’s delicious and hilarious, and even covered some of the overlap with the Finishing School series.
The hedgehog incident has been mentioned previously in the PP-series and I was delighted to read the details now. Apart from hedgehogs, there’s also a grumpy and accidentally naked werewolf, and of course our heroine Alexia who gets an eyeful of well-muscled werewolf buttocks.
So, this is a read for Parasol Protectorate lovers. Sure, I guess you could start with this story before diving into Soulless, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Mainly because a short novella isn’t enough time to properly introduce this fabulous universe Carriger has created. It deserves to be enjoyed first time through a full length novel.
This story has actually been sitting in my Kindle for a year, but I didn’t get around to read until now. But OMG what a Carriger-craving it instigated! It kicked off a re-reading binge of the Parasol Protectorate series so I’m now gorging myself on Carriger’s steam-punk universe.
I loooove everything Alexia and Conall. And I just want to recommend anyone who enjoys alternative, historical steam-punk, shifters, vampires and dry humour to read about them. They’re so awesome!