Series: The Custard Protocol, #2
Published by Orbit on July 19, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk
Pages: 320 pages
Sexual Content: kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
London is in chaos.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.
Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.
When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?
As we start IMPRUDENCE, the second book in The Custard Protocol, we find Prudence has reached her majority and is now a full grown "ish" adult ready to taste some independence. Unfortunately she now has no outside protection against people who want to kill her and as a result of her actions in the previous book she's on the bad side of the Queen. We get to see the full impact of just what life will be like for Prudence as an independent 'supernatural' woman when she takes The Spotted Custard and her crew on a high adventure to Egypt. There she and her friends and family are met with danger, new fascinating characters, and tricky situations. I always the enjoy the quirkiness of this world and the fun adventures and hijinks of dirgible travel. It's fun to see how all of Gail Carriger's series link together since they follow the same characters or group of characters.
On the characters, we get favorites from THE PARASOL PROTECTORATE including Alexia, Lord Maccon, Akeldama, Floote, Quesnel. It was fun to see how they are as parents and simply as more mature adults. I love how deftly the old and newer characters blend together into a cohesive narrative. Everyone has their place and importance in the overall story. Prudence is definitely more courageous and prone to bouts of adventure than her mother. She's a fun character to follow as she's willing to go head first into a situation and she what she can do about it.
IMPRUDENCE is very entertaining and even sweet in some moments. It's a wonderful continuation of the series and I am looking forward to seeing Prudence go on yet another adventure.Series Titles: