Date read: August 9, 2016
The Custard Protocol
1. Prudence - Paperback | Kindle
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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.Thoughts on Prudence: I don't know if I liked Prudence as much as Alexia and Conall. To be fair, I ADORED Alexia and her Scottish hunk of a werewolf, so maybe it's an unfair comparison. Still, it took me a while to fall into Rue's character and the crew she assembled around her.
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?
That said, I did end up enjoying this book. Rue grew on me. Prim's ability to defuse potentially volatile situations with tea and fashion came in handy. Percy...well, his professory attitude was a little annoying, but it was offset by Quesnel's flirtiness, so I was okay with it.
(As an aside, Rue's on again off again flirt-fighting with Quesnel was weirdly captivating. LET THERE BE MORE, I SAY!)
Rue doesn't quite have her mother's presence (thank goodness, she probably thinks), but she stepped into the role of captain with gusto. Her crew is quirky, her friends aren't unwilling to tell her when she's wrong, and she has a strong sense of herself. Mostly. I guess Alexia rubbed off on her in some ways, right?
All in all, an enjoyable romp through the craziness of the supernaturals we've come to know and love.