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Condemned by society and her werewolf husband due to a pregnancy she cannot explain, Alexia Maccon - preternatural, tea aficionado - seeks an explanation for this "infant inconvenience" so as to cleanse her sullied reputation and prove her fool of a husband wrong. Preternaturals are a rare breed and the only history of their kind lies in Italy with the Templars, a group th Condemned by society and her werewolf husband due to a pregnancy she cannot explain, Alexia Maccon - preternatural, tea aficionado - seeks an explanation for this "infant inconvenience" so as to cleanse her sullied reputation and prove her fool of a husband wrong. Preternaturals are a rare breed and the only history of their kind lies in Italy with the Templars, a group that once partnered with preternaturals to hunt down werewolves and vampires. Will Alexia find an explanation for her impossible offspring? Or do the Templars have other plans for the curious "Soulless One"?


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Condemned by society and her werewolf husband due to a pregnancy she cannot explain, Alexia Maccon - preternatural, tea aficionado - seeks an explanation for this "infant inconvenience" so as to cleanse her sullied reputation and prove her fool of a husband wrong. Preternaturals are a rare breed and the only history of their kind lies in Italy with the Templars, a group th Condemned by society and her werewolf husband due to a pregnancy she cannot explain, Alexia Maccon - preternatural, tea aficionado - seeks an explanation for this "infant inconvenience" so as to cleanse her sullied reputation and prove her fool of a husband wrong. Preternaturals are a rare breed and the only history of their kind lies in Italy with the Templars, a group that once partnered with preternaturals to hunt down werewolves and vampires. Will Alexia find an explanation for her impossible offspring? Or do the Templars have other plans for the curious "Soulless One"?

30 review for Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sanaa

    [5 Stars] I loved all of these manga volumes so much! They just reminded me of how much I adore this world, the characters, and really just make me want to reread all of the books! So wonderful! I recommend all of these to people who have already read the Parasol Protectorate series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Ahhhh, what a spiffing conclusion to a truly sumptuous steampunk tale! This volume was tense and hilarious in equal measure. Although, we don't get half as much as Lord Maccon as I would have liked, we do have Lady Maccon, Madame Lefoux, Floote (love that name) and plenty of Professor Lyall (he is very dreamy!) Having been turned out by a very headstrong Lord Maccon for apparently "cavorting with others", a pregnant Lady Maccon makes an action-packed journey to Italy where she comes to reside wi Ahhhh, what a spiffing conclusion to a truly sumptuous steampunk tale! This volume was tense and hilarious in equal measure. Although, we don't get half as much as Lord Maccon as I would have liked, we do have Lady Maccon, Madame Lefoux, Floote (love that name) and plenty of Professor Lyall (he is very dreamy!) Having been turned out by a very headstrong Lord Maccon for apparently "cavorting with others", a pregnant Lady Maccon makes an action-packed journey to Italy where she comes to reside with the Templars (who are not very nice people at all). The central storyline in this volume concerns what Lady Maccon will have (a soul-stealer aka preternatual or a supernatural baby), or perhaps, it might even be normal. My only gripe is that we never do find out what she does have because it ends with her and Lord Maccon fornicating in a barn of some sort...not that I'm complaining on that score. Soulless: The Manga has turned out to be an unexpectedly delightful and witty read full of vampires, werewolves, preternaturals and naughtiness. Lots of naughtiness! I have loved the dialogue, the illustrations and most of all, the characters. I would definitely recommend the manga series to others especially those (like myself) who tried to read the novels and for some reason, just couldn't get into them. You don't have to miss out on the fun, just grab your parasol and your skirts and embrace the chaos!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    For whatever reason, this volume of the manga felt like it skipped more of the novel than the previous two. It felt quick and rushed and less satisfying than the other manga volumes. It was still totally enjoyable and I really love the manga adaptations. They just make me want to reread the novels though. Lots and lots of male nudity in this one. This is not a complaint.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Steampunk, Italy, Templars, werewolves, vampires. Full review to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    The third and final volume in this excellent manga adaptation of Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate" series. Too bad there are no fourth and fifth volumes, but at least this one didn't end in a cliffhanger. If you haven't yet read the five original novels, they are well worth reading. The third and final volume in this excellent manga adaptation of Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate" series. Too bad there are no fourth and fifth volumes, but at least this one didn't end in a cliffhanger. If you haven't yet read the five original novels, they are well worth reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber J

    The art was of course beautiful, and as with the rest of the books I love having a visual for this story. It's to bad they didn't make the last two books as well. This book was my least favorite of the series, and still is. Alexia was treated very badly in my opinion and she had done nothing to deserve it. I do like that this story does help explain some of the questions that have formed over the series, so that is always good. This marks the end of the parasol protectant series for me. I will b The art was of course beautiful, and as with the rest of the books I love having a visual for this story. It's to bad they didn't make the last two books as well. This book was my least favorite of the series, and still is. Alexia was treated very badly in my opinion and she had done nothing to deserve it. I do like that this story does help explain some of the questions that have formed over the series, so that is always good. This marks the end of the parasol protectant series for me. I will be continuing on with some of the spin-off books though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Very rarely does the dog die and it's played for laughs. Very rarely does the dog die and it's played for laughs.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    I am so depressed that it is over! I just marathoned the manga in one day and wish there was more! But now I can go grab the books and relive these three before carrying on to more crazy adventure! And if the books are even better than the manga, well damn! I can't wait! I am so depressed that it is over! I just marathoned the manga in one day and wish there was more! But now I can go grab the books and relive these three before carrying on to more crazy adventure! And if the books are even better than the manga, well damn! I can't wait!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    Woooow! Such a gripping volumen! Quite an enjoyable read. It's been awesome to see these wonderful illustrations. They've brought a lot of memories from the fist time I read the books. Sadly, there won't be more volumes. Here I leave a couple of my favourite funny moments: Woooow! Such a gripping volumen! Quite an enjoyable read. It's been awesome to see these wonderful illustrations. They've brought a lot of memories from the fist time I read the books. Sadly, there won't be more volumes. Here I leave a couple of my favourite funny moments:

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie.g

    I received this from the Little Brown Book Group as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Volume three of Soulless was witty and entertaining. Alexia travels to Italy this time, killing two birds with one stone by wishing to learn more of her heritage and to prove her stubborn, pig-headed husband wrong. This whilst being on the vampires most wanted list. Oh well, no-one said it would be easy. The plot gripped my attention from the beginning. It was fast-paced, action-packed and filled with I received this from the Little Brown Book Group as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Volume three of Soulless was witty and entertaining. Alexia travels to Italy this time, killing two birds with one stone by wishing to learn more of her heritage and to prove her stubborn, pig-headed husband wrong. This whilst being on the vampires most wanted list. Oh well, no-one said it would be easy. The plot gripped my attention from the beginning. It was fast-paced, action-packed and filled with humorous expressions and remarks that have been prevalent throughout the series. I really have come to love some of the characters such as Lord Maccon, Professor Lyall, Madame Lefoux, Lord Akeldama (though he does not appear much in this one) and Ivy. Now that I've finished the manga, I miss them already. I feel like I can't talk much about the plot without giving it away, so instead I'll focus on other aspects. I've really come to love the superb artwork. It is gorgeous, cleverly adds humor to the series and has been carefully crafted to make a fantastic manga. The beauty is in the detail. I admit that it has rekindled my long-dormant liking for manga so I might read some more in the future. The story has made me curious to read the original series and as it's quite possible that this is the last manga that Rem will do for the series, I will need to read them to find out how Alexia's and Lord Maccon's story ends. Though I do hope that Rem reconsiders as reading this manga has been quite fun. I can easily see myself re-reading this in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Crowe

    This is not my normal genre, but I was pleasantly surprised and have so far made my way through the entire series. This is a quick, fun read, and Carriger has created a character in Alexia Tarabotti who is easy to love. In spite of her stubborn, practical nature! Also enjoy the love of Alexia's life, who just happens to be a big, hunky werewolf. What fun! This is the sort of escape novel that you disappear into completely and only reluctantly emerge. This is not my normal genre, but I was pleasantly surprised and have so far made my way through the entire series. This is a quick, fun read, and Carriger has created a character in Alexia Tarabotti who is easy to love. In spite of her stubborn, practical nature! Also enjoy the love of Alexia's life, who just happens to be a big, hunky werewolf. What fun! This is the sort of escape novel that you disappear into completely and only reluctantly emerge.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The final manga version closes on a perfect note and might have me picking up the books next. Alexia runs to Italy to research the fate of the baby, and all sorts of mishaps occur, of course. It’s great fun. I love Prof. Lyall in this. He’s a great friend and leader. Of course, we all want Alexia and Connal to get together, and to triumph over mad scientists and Templars! But the heart of the series is the relationships being built and how they keep growing. It is well done. I loved the surprise The final manga version closes on a perfect note and might have me picking up the books next. Alexia runs to Italy to research the fate of the baby, and all sorts of mishaps occur, of course. It’s great fun. I love Prof. Lyall in this. He’s a great friend and leader. Of course, we all want Alexia and Connal to get together, and to triumph over mad scientists and Templars! But the heart of the series is the relationships being built and how they keep growing. It is well done. I loved the surprises in store for Biffy and Lord Akeldama, and much like I wanted a Magnus Bane book, I want one for these two. Especially now that Biffy is a ... (view spoiler)[ Biffy gets kidnapped and is nearly killed by a bullet until Lyall makes Connal turn him into a werewolf. I didn’t see that coming. He was meant to be a vampire and lover to Akeldama. But Akeldama accepts him nonetheless and we haven’t seen the last of them, especially now that Akeldama is made potentate by the Queen. Alexia escapes the templars, finds they have a plot to use soul suckers or their parts to fight demons, and gets back with Connal. They are having a baby and it may be a supremely powerful preternatural. (hide spoiler)] Exciting steampunk adventure! I love the Parasol Protectorate.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David

    Manga adaptation of Blameless by Gail Carriger. Alexia goes to Italy and learns more about the child she's carrying and the cliffhanger ending of the previous volume is resolved. Another fun manga adaptation of a great series. Manga adaptation of Blameless by Gail Carriger. Alexia goes to Italy and learns more about the child she's carrying and the cliffhanger ending of the previous volume is resolved. Another fun manga adaptation of a great series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Rojem

    It's been a long time since I read Soulless, so this was a great jump back into it and I enjoyed the artwork. It's been a long time since I read Soulless, so this was a great jump back into it and I enjoyed the artwork.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renégade ♥

    4 to 4 1/2 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    I have to say that while I enjoyed reading the soulless manga as a whole I feel like I'm still missing parts of the story. Or more like the flow seems more disjointed. In this instalment I definitely felt more more than the last volume as if I was missing information. I mean the Vampires just all of sudden wanna kill Alexia? The progression into her being tolerable creature to enemy of the state came about rather quickly. The art was beautiful and I still loved all the cheekiness and wit but I s I have to say that while I enjoyed reading the soulless manga as a whole I feel like I'm still missing parts of the story. Or more like the flow seems more disjointed. In this instalment I definitely felt more more than the last volume as if I was missing information. I mean the Vampires just all of sudden wanna kill Alexia? The progression into her being tolerable creature to enemy of the state came about rather quickly. The art was beautiful and I still loved all the cheekiness and wit but I still feel like the best way to get this story is by reading the novels.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really enjoyed this manga, because it takes the very slow-paced action of the third book of The Parasol Protectorate series, and makes it much more fascinating, though I will say with a great deal more nudity than I would’ve imagined from reading the book (though this not necessarily a bad thing). I loved the “cabinet cards” in the front of Alexia and Madame Lefoux, and the middle of Conall and Professor Lyle (they are made to look like 19th century pin-up photographs). This is the summary fro I really enjoyed this manga, because it takes the very slow-paced action of the third book of The Parasol Protectorate series, and makes it much more fascinating, though I will say with a great deal more nudity than I would’ve imagined from reading the book (though this not necessarily a bad thing). I loved the “cabinet cards” in the front of Alexia and Madame Lefoux, and the middle of Conall and Professor Lyle (they are made to look like 19th century pin-up photographs). This is the summary from my previous review of Blameless, which the manga is based off of: In this volume, Alexia has been turned out of her house by her husband Lord Maccon after he found out she was pregnant and assumed she had cheated on him (which of course she would never do). She stays with her family for a short time until she is forced to go elsewhere and decides to travel to Paris and then Italy to see if she can find out more information about being pregnant (apparently it never happens for soulless and even less so when combined with a supernatural like a werewolf). Meanwhile, the vampires of London have put a hit out on her and drones have been trailing her with intent for assassination since Paris. 4 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A thrilling conclusion dealing with the preternatural, Alexia Tarabotti, unraveling her heritage (both past and future). Along with proving her foolish husband wrong, and regaining her honor too. Again lovely illustrated depictions of what happened in the original book 3, Blameless. I feel saddened though because I heard they were finishing the manga with this book arc; and then not going on to the further Parasol Protectorate books (Heartless and Timeless). Those would have dealt further with M A thrilling conclusion dealing with the preternatural, Alexia Tarabotti, unraveling her heritage (both past and future). Along with proving her foolish husband wrong, and regaining her honor too. Again lovely illustrated depictions of what happened in the original book 3, Blameless. I feel saddened though because I heard they were finishing the manga with this book arc; and then not going on to the further Parasol Protectorate books (Heartless and Timeless). Those would have dealt further with Madame LeFoux's intentions, Biffy acclimating to becoming part of the pack, Lyall's secrets, and with the arrival of Alexia's child. It's good it ended on this arc, but I do feel like those developments should be shared. So anyone who enjoyed the manga should then definitely check out the novel series to read more on these characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    Volume 3 covers the third book in The Parasol Protectorate series, Blameless. I haven't read the third book since it involves a conflict between Alexia and her husband Lord Maccon and they are separate for some time in the novel. BUt I found I didn't mind that when it was in manga format because it makes it more funnier to read. Although I missed their connection and I'm angry that it took Lord Maccon so long to realize his mistake. Glad that he came to his senses. I'm also a bit sad that this is Volume 3 covers the third book in The Parasol Protectorate series, Blameless. I haven't read the third book since it involves a conflict between Alexia and her husband Lord Maccon and they are separate for some time in the novel. BUt I found I didn't mind that when it was in manga format because it makes it more funnier to read. Although I missed their connection and I'm angry that it took Lord Maccon so long to realize his mistake. Glad that he came to his senses. I'm also a bit sad that this is probably the last installement of the manga series according to Gail's blog post: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog... But at least it got a happy ending and that bonus extras was super cute. (PS. it involves Professor Lyall, Lord Akeldama and the recently-turned-werewolf, Biffy :D)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    This is another thoroughly enjoyable instalment in a humorous, energetic and well-drawn - the artwork and the writing - series. As with the second book, it suffers somewhat from the lack of interaction between Alexia and Conall Maccon as they are apart from each other for most of the book, and the cast of supporting characters is also diminished whilst Alexia is on her travels throughout the book. The story rolled along quite cheerfully as always, although with more switching between situations a This is another thoroughly enjoyable instalment in a humorous, energetic and well-drawn - the artwork and the writing - series. As with the second book, it suffers somewhat from the lack of interaction between Alexia and Conall Maccon as they are apart from each other for most of the book, and the cast of supporting characters is also diminished whilst Alexia is on her travels throughout the book. The story rolled along quite cheerfully as always, although with more switching between situations as it took turns following the exploits of the different groups of characters. The illustrations too were as much an enjoyable part of the story as in the earlier books. Overall another brilliant addition to the manga series for these stories, and I look forward to reading on and following the story to its conclusion!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I'm in love with the Soulless series by Gail Carriger and so love the manga. The storyline and art work in volume three is superb and sticks very similar to the book than other adaptions usually do. REM's artwork is fantastic and I was very excited to see all the details she puts into the drawings throughout this volume and the others. It really makes the manga something special and makes the steampunkness pop out from the page. All the characters look like what you imagined from the books which i I'm in love with the Soulless series by Gail Carriger and so love the manga. The storyline and art work in volume three is superb and sticks very similar to the book than other adaptions usually do. REM's artwork is fantastic and I was very excited to see all the details she puts into the drawings throughout this volume and the others. It really makes the manga something special and makes the steampunkness pop out from the page. All the characters look like what you imagined from the books which is a great bonus. As a manga the action is all there and the storyline works really well. I don't think there was really any boring bits in it. It's a great read and makes you appreciate the art and original story even more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    I liked the story about the vampires and werewolves and that they are involved and accepted in the society. At first I liked Alexia but in the second and third story she lost her silliness. That's kind of sad. Furthermore Alexia is a not a ladylike character in the first novel, but after her wedding she pretends to. I don't like it too. However Conall is a very kind guy and I liked him from the first page to the last one. All in all I love the novels, I don't know if you can call it a novel, and t I liked the story about the vampires and werewolves and that they are involved and accepted in the society. At first I liked Alexia but in the second and third story she lost her silliness. That's kind of sad. Furthermore Alexia is a not a ladylike character in the first novel, but after her wedding she pretends to. I don't like it too. However Conall is a very kind guy and I liked him from the first page to the last one. All in all I love the novels, I don't know if you can call it a novel, and the idea of involved vampires an werewolves is very interesting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    First off let me say that I'm loving the artwork for these manga editions. This particular volume is especially great. It has the right amount of danger and humor. Its been awhile since I read Blameless, which this volume is based upon, but I think it still gets the story across for someone who hasn't read the novels. I'm really loving these manga editions of the Parasol Protectorate series. They're a particular favorite out of all the manga/ graphic novel adaptations I've read. First off let me say that I'm loving the artwork for these manga editions. This particular volume is especially great. It has the right amount of danger and humor. Its been awhile since I read Blameless, which this volume is based upon, but I think it still gets the story across for someone who hasn't read the novels. I'm really loving these manga editions of the Parasol Protectorate series. They're a particular favorite out of all the manga/ graphic novel adaptations I've read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Fantastic artwork. And a solid retelling of the third book. This final book of the manga series wrapped things up nicely. However, if I hadn't already read The Parasol Protectorate series I might be a wee disappointed with the ending. If you haven't read The Parasol Protectorate series, I would not recommend reading this manga series first. However, if you're a fan of the series these books are a blast! Fantastic artwork. And a solid retelling of the third book. This final book of the manga series wrapped things up nicely. However, if I hadn't already read The Parasol Protectorate series I might be a wee disappointed with the ending. If you haven't read The Parasol Protectorate series, I would not recommend reading this manga series first. However, if you're a fan of the series these books are a blast!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wiebke (1book1review)

    So enjoyable and easy to revisist the world of Alexia Tarabotti. I liked that there are more colored illustrations in this novel. But I can't recommend the manga to people unfamiliar with the story. I had the feeling so much was missing, and I don't know if I'd be able to understand everything without having read the novels. So enjoyable and easy to revisist the world of Alexia Tarabotti. I liked that there are more colored illustrations in this novel. But I can't recommend the manga to people unfamiliar with the story. I had the feeling so much was missing, and I don't know if I'd be able to understand everything without having read the novels.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I adore the manga adaptations of the Parasol Protectorate. I just think the manga style captures the whimsical tone of the stories so well. As each edition is released, I go back and start with the first. If I tried to do this with the books, it would take me days. However, the mangas offer a light and quick format to visit with some of my favorite characters....over tea, perhaps?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anneliese Stehwien

    This one wasn't as faithful as the others in sticking with the original story :-/ It's 85% - 90% the same, which is still pretty darned good considering. But the previous two were much more faithful to the actual series. I realize that it had to be shortened and consolidated, but the other two novels did a better job of that and didn't compromise story. Still, very awesome :D This one wasn't as faithful as the others in sticking with the original story :-/ It's 85% - 90% the same, which is still pretty darned good considering. But the previous two were much more faithful to the actual series. I realize that it had to be shortened and consolidated, but the other two novels did a better job of that and didn't compromise story. Still, very awesome :D

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    What intrigued me: I have read all the books in this series and am thoroughly enjoying all of the manga editions. What I liked: This is my least favorite book in the series, but the shorter graphic novel was much more enjoyable. What I didn't like: n/a Favorite quote: n/a What intrigued me: I have read all the books in this series and am thoroughly enjoying all of the manga editions. What I liked: This is my least favorite book in the series, but the shorter graphic novel was much more enjoyable. What I didn't like: n/a Favorite quote: n/a

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love this! This is my favorite volume in this series, I laughed the most at this one. I love the art and I'm so glad I read this manga series. It's fun and I love the art. Gail Carriger is an excellent writer and I will definitely continue on with the Parasol Protectorate novels and I will definitely check out her Finishing School series. I love this! This is my favorite volume in this series, I laughed the most at this one. I love the art and I'm so glad I read this manga series. It's fun and I love the art. Gail Carriger is an excellent writer and I will definitely continue on with the Parasol Protectorate novels and I will definitely check out her Finishing School series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    The manga are surprisingly great adaptations of the original material. While obviously not precisely how I pictured the characters when reading the original series, the artwork is nonetheless quite true to the physical descriptions rendered by Gail Carriger, and the whimsical world she created.

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