I traveled to Las Vegas this past week and was in need of a fun book to read while sitting in the airports/planes. I turned to one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger and the first book in the spinoff series; Prudence The Custard Protocol.
ON BEHALF OF QUEEN, COUNTRY…AND THE PERFECT POT OF TEA
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 Crumpet 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?
Review of Prudence The Custard Protocol
I have a fondness for steampunk, and this falls within that category. But it also throws in fantasy with werewolves and vampires plus some other supernaturals. I thoroughly enjoyed the Carriger’s first series, The Parasol Protectorate and this book picks up about 20 years later with Prudence and her friends in the limelight instead of their parents. We still get the supernatural shenanigans, fancy clothes, and lots and lots of tea.
What Prudence lacks though is a plot. About the first half of the book is just following along Rue and her friends as they go to parties and begin their float to India. Once they land, there is finally a plot. But it is so hidden, Rue doesn’t even know what is happening, let alone the reader.
Thankfully, once the plot picks up, the story is enjoyable. I loved seeing what Rue would do to get out of the problems she found herself in.
If you don’t come in with too high of expectations, this is a fun book to read. I love the shenanigans, the descriptions of clothing, and the ridiculous nature that is English culture at the time.
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Overall rating of Prudence – The Custard Protocol
3.5 out of 5 stars
It is still the ridiculous fun that I loved in The Parasol Protectorate, but the plot was nonexistent the first half of the book. I’ll still read the next one in the series because the books are just so fun.