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Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey in a gaudy dirigible to India in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into danger, intrigue, and local politics.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780316212243
Branch Call Number: F Carriger
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,22 cm


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Sep 30, 2019

I started the book, but found it poorly edited, jumpy, and sometimes incoherent. Although I've been diverted by Gail Carriger's books in the past, this time I became irritated with her coy, twittery characters and couldn't bear to keep reading. To be fair, I'm sure that the book will delight die-hard Carriger fans.

Apr 29, 2018

I picked up this book under complete ignorance that there was another series taking place beforehand. However that should not make a difference if you want to pick up this book. The novel stands on it's own but leaves the reader with just enough curiosity and intrigue to go look for the previous series and see what came before. It takes place in the past but in a completely new take of acceptance and steampunk atmosphere. Although the descriptions of setting and atmosphere were vivid the local people completely faded into the background. I do consider their lack of roles in the plot however it would have been nice to see them a little bit more colourful and vivid as appreciated details.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 20, 2018

The Custard Protocol series takes place about 20 years after the end of The Parasol Protectorate series (the first novel being Soulless), and follows characters first introduced in the earlier series. Rue is an energetic, bubbly, and fun-loving protagonist with the ability to absorb supernatural human's abilities. This allows her to briefly become a werewolf or vampire, which always results in adventure and mayhem. I loved this just as much as the original series!

fineplan Dec 14, 2017

I was a tad worried that the new series wouldn't live up to the old one. I needn't have feared. Carriger's humor, polite snark, and reserved warmth are all here in full force, making the novel a delight. I will certainly move on to the next novel.

Nov 08, 2016

I loved getting to know these characters as young adults and adults. Also seeing some of my old favorites as parents. It was wonderful and delightful, during all of the moments when the characters were interacting. As for the plot, once again, it wasn't the best and at times it was even political which was only mildly interesting. I am going to read the next one, especially for the romance that is brewing but again, it's cheeky and fun. Nothing really more than that though.

Nov 07, 2016

Steampunk + vampires & shapeshifters + a generous helping of P.G. Wodehouse (Bertie Wooster and Jeeves). Good fun.

Jul 26, 2016

Prudence is largely typical of a Carriger novel. There is witty banter, larking adventures, and lots of tea and comedies of manners. Her romantic scenes are playful and perfectly paced. But Prudence really falls down when the protagonists arrive in India, but Indian people fail to arrive in the story as fully fleshed characters. Not a single Indian character is named in the book, even the few who play important roles. The only significant character of colour is Miss Sekhmet, a mysterious woman from Africa. While I expect she will receive further development as the series goes on, in Prudence her main traits are being beautiful and mysterious. There is also an absolutely cringe-worthy scene in which Rue is mistaken for a goddess by an Indian man, and he throws himself out of a tram to escape her wrath (Carriger conveniently provides him with a parachute in an effort to preserve the already misguided humour of the scene). Prudence isn’t precisely pro-colonial; there are definitely criticisms, and the characters encounter some situations that force them to re-evaluate their beliefs and assumptions, but overall Carriger’s treatment of India rubs the wrong way.

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bhmwortman Jul 03, 2015

For anyone who has read Carriger's other series, this book will be an absolute delight. With characters and references to both series, long-time fans will get extra to enjoy but Prudence and her group of friends stand very well on their own. The central plot is well constructed and while I saw some twists coming, I did enjoy the ride. Rue's powers add for an intriguing new element within the supernatural steampunk world and her flirtations with Quesnel introduce a nice swoony element. Of course, Carriger's delightful humour is liberally spread throughout the book making for a highly enjoyable read. While it would be preferable to start your introduction to Carriger's universe with Soulless, this novel is also a decent starting point.

May 29, 2015

This is spin off series that follows Rue, the daughter of the main character from Soulless, Alexandra Taborotti, and, to be honest, Soulless was the only book in that series I read.
I could not get into the other books, and I frankly did not like the main character that much from the other series. Some of the side characters are awesome, such as Lord Akeldama and Professor Lyall, but the main and her hubby are kinda meh.

Her daughter, Rue, is more interesting. I was a bit lost, not having read the other series, as it does allude to parts from there, but, it's not necessary to finish that series to enjoy this one.

I'm not going to talk about much in the way of plot, but it's decently paced. If you're into steampunk and alternate histories, you'll probably like this book. But, it's nothing fantastic either. The cover leaves something to be desired.

Also, hooray for half stars!

LPL_FisherA Apr 16, 2015

If you have ever thought one of the following things: that the definition of impropriety is a lioness entering a tea shop with a sign that says "No Pets Allowed," that it would be fun to fly to India in an airship, which has a flatulence problem, all to find the perfect cup of tea, and that wearing the wrong hat can ruin your social reputation, then drop what you are doing and check out Prudence by Gail Carriger. This book has everything you could want from a high-flying, steampunk story: hilarious dialogue, Victorian melodrama, a mysterious and dangerous adventure, fantastically written characters, and supernatural creatures galore. As an added bonus, you do not have to read any of the other books in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate or Finishing School series to enjoy this one, although characters from each make various appearances.


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Jul 26, 2016

When Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama receives a dirigible and a mission from her father, Lord Akeldama, she gathers a crew of friends to man her ship, and sets off for India. Ostensibly on the trail of some rare tea plants, she soon discovers that the situation in the British colony is more delicate and complicated than she ever could have guessed. Fortunately Rue is no ordinary girl, but a metanatural, able to borrow the supernatural abilities of others through touch, without acquiring any of their weaknesses. Along with her best friend, the Honourable Miss Primrose Tunstell, and Prim’s brother, Professor Percival Tunstell, and a charming Frenchman by the name of Mr. Quesnel Lefoux, Rue sets out to normalize supernatural relations in India.


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Jul 26, 2016

“Rue had no idea if Bombay was typical of the colonies, but it was not typical of any city she’d ever visited before. Which she guessed meant the onus was on her to change what she considered city-like.”


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