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Genre: Steampunk & Mystery
Summary: The last time we’d seen Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama was at the end of Timeless when she was a toddler who was not overly fond of her name. It’s now twenty-something years later and we meet her again, she still doesn’t like her name but has learned to live with it…mainly by using a nick-name - Rue.
The other thing she’s learned to work with/around is all of her parents, especially Dama (Lord Akeldama, our dandy vampire rogue) who is beginning to feel that Rue may benefit from some travel - to widen her horizons - and India is just lovely this time of year. The fact that he’s having some trouble with the locals over his tea interest and believes Rue may be able to sort things out…Well that’s just a bonus!
Review: This is a terrifically fun book to read!
Now here’s the fly in the ointment….You don’t have to read the Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless, Changeless, ect.) in order to read this book. However I think you get significantly more out of this book if you put in the extra bit of time and do read them. Why? The core of the crew of The Custard Protocol (i.e. Prudence) are the children of the key players in The Parasol Protectorate series. It is seriously entertaining to read how our original series characters are filtered through the eyes of their children - who really only have the vaguest of notions about who their parents are outside of being their parents. Ivy’s children haven’t a clue how she became a vampire. Rue has zero clue how much of a hellion her mother was/is - and how alike they really are. Quesnel Lefoux? Just as French, inscrutable and as mad an inventor as his mother…
In addition to just watching this entertaining child/parental dynamic, we also meet some other very old friends again, which makes me hope that we will see more of the old crew again in the second book in Imprudence (the cover art for the book is finished, however Carriger says the book isn’t written yet so the release date the publisher has of January 2016 is a bit plastic at moment). Now while there are hints of the old, Rue and her crew are their own people and find their way into new and unique trouble. Which is really fun to read!
Carriger does stick with her general formula - an outrageous lead, with a lady-like(ish) best friend, plus a love interest and a massive amount intrigue & ingenuity. While these standard elements appear in this entry in the canon, Carriger spins the story with a sufficient amount of new material that the formula doesn’t distract from the reading.
Overall this is an amusing book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading!
Would I Recommend To A Friend: Yup!
My 52 Weeks With Christie: A.Miner©2015— Amber
Introducing the Custard Protocol series, in which Prudence travels to India for Queen, country...and the perfect pot of tea.
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do -- she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India.
Soon, she 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), Rue must rely on her good breeding -- and her metanatural abilities -- to get to the bottom of it all...
The Custard Protocol
For more from Gail Carriger, check out:
The Parasol Protectorate
Finishing School (YA)
Etiquette & Espionage
Curtsies & Conspiracies
Waistcoats & Weaponry
Manners & Mutiny
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).