Series: The Custard Protocol, #1
Published by Orbit on March 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368 pages
Sexual Content: kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti.
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?
I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a new series dedicated to Prudence, the daughter of Conall and Alexia Maccon from the Parasol Protectorate series. Prudence was such an interesting child who could steal the abilities of any supernatural she touched that a whole new series dedicated to her hijinks as a young adult just had to be written. PRUDENCE is an absolute delight with dangerous new creatures and high skies dirgible adventures, odd new supernatural characters and mysteries, and the typical witty fancifullness I've come to expect and enjoy from Gail Carriger's work.
Prudence or Rue as she likes to be called is in someways like her mother, though she is snarkier, feistier, and more reckless. She also is not as hung up on what is considered proper by society's standards. This lack of caring about what is proper leads to some very hilarious moments that irk the Victorian sensibilities of various other characters who are subject to the brashness that is Rue. I enjoyed the cameos of characters from the Parasol Protectorate but since this is set 20 some years in the future we are privy to a whole host of fun new characters. Prim, Percy and Quesnel, are the three friends Rue conducts her high skies misadventure to India with and each of them are uniquely quirky and amusing people for Prue to play off of.
PRUDENCE is a wonderful blend of steampunk and paranormal. When you open the book up you are sucked into a world of steampunk adventures with witty banter, and a world of paranormal perils that Prudence is most definitely up to the task to meet. I look forward to what is next for Rue in The Custard Protocol.