Imprudence (Custard Protocol Series #2)

Imprudence (Custard Protocol Series #2)

by Gail Carriger


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From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes the delightful sequel to Prudence.

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family 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 really are... is frightened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316212212
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Series: Custard Protocol Series , #2
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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).

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Imprudence (Custard Protocol Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 It’s been a while since I last dove into Carriger’s world, so I did a mix of audio and reading to catch up and be ready… and let me say: if you enjoy the twists, turns, occasionally ridiculous moments from any of her earlier works in the worlds of Finishing School or the Parasol Protectorate, you will enjoy this. And if you are unfamiliar and want a steampunky-paranormal world with language and characters that evoke emotions- start with either – although I’d recommend Finishing School to get a solid sense of them. In Imprudence, the story picks up almost exactly where Prudence left off, and we are travelling in the Spotted Custard airship with Lady Prudence and her crew. She’s encountered a spot of trouble with the Queen herself (yes, Victoria) for her part in protecting weremonkeys, and has been stripped of her title and protections, including those provided by her parents. But, she’s not truly the one most endangered here: with lion shifters in danger, her best friend Primrose unable to resist a finely turned leg and a trek to Egypt – the action is non-stop. As with all of the series thus far: the dialogue is clever, fast-paced and often hilarious. While I didn’t always believe in her romance with Quesnel, their interactions do bring several laughs – they are adorable friends. Of Course, Primrose is great comic relief, she just can’t seem to stay focused on any one thing, until the chips are down. Fast paced, full of adventures that expand the world for the crew of the Spotted Custard, the story has reached a solid stopping point as we await the next. Narration for this story is provided by Moira Quirk, and she does manage to present both sides of every conversation with clarity and style: each character is distinct, the rapid-fire moments of dialogue don’t impede her forward progress, and there are appropriate pauses for breath, laughter and tension (when required). Quirk’s presentation is a wonderful adjunct to the books, and she keeps listeners interested without losing their place or thread of the story. A wonderful last-for-now (2018 for the next) book in the series, leaving you plenty of time to catch up or simply enjoy the other books from this world. I received an Audiobook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
....... I say read it
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Rue (Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama) and the crew of the Spotted Custard are back from India. The revelations of weremonkeys have shaken the scientific community of the steampunk alternative world of Victorian London to its core. Queen Victoria is not amused that Rue has made a treaty with them. Worse, it cost the empire a source of tea. But, Rue has other problems. Her father is suffering from the Alpha Curse and will have to be replaced as pack Alpha. Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to unsuitable men. Prim’s brother Percy is angry that Rue’s engineer, Quesnel, published a paper on the weremonkeys before him. Rue decides to take her parents to Egypt where a plague—oddly enough—may keep her father sane for what’s left of his life. However, someone attacks the Custard. Since Percy published a paper on werelions, the Custard’s security officer, Miss Sekhmet, may be in danger. Rue’s skill as an airship captain will be put to the test as will the skill and dedication of her crew. She needs a cup of tea. Review: The second book of the Custard Protocol picks up on Rue’s return to London. She has upset the queen by making a treaty with the weremonkeys she found in India. As a result, she is stripped of the queen’s protection. She must fend for herself, and there are people who wish her harm. Her family is in turmoil due to her father’s illness. She’s having an affair with her chief engineer, which isn’t going well. Now her werelion security officer is being hunted. This was another fun story. Character development is witty. The science of steam and airship travel is interesting. The characters are engaging, from the various supernatural and metanatural creatures to the young deckhands. Like the original book, much of the adventure is tongue-in-cheek. It is a little less episodic than Prudence. I’m looking forward to the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gail Carriger never ceases to surprise me with her lovely plots and twisted secrets. The daring love affairs. I can’t wait for July so I can read the third book in the Custard Protocol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a cute tween friendly verison of timeless!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the parasol protectorate and made it through Prudence but could not get into this one Found it boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Imprudence continues the adventures started in Prudence with Rue and her friends in their dirigible The Spotted Custard. I have been a fan of all of Gail Carriger's series, and one of the things I love the most is how her characters from each series are tied to each other. Rue is the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti and her werewolf husband Connoll. In an unexpectedly serious note, in a truly hilarious book, Rue realizes the mortality of her parents. A fact that has her growing up more quickly than expected, dealing with a solution to the problem of what to do with her father who can no longer rule his pack. That seriousness aside, this book is a fun, energetic frolic filled with fripperies and frills. One of the fun side plots-Rue, now 21, and in her majority, has decided to learn "French" from her suitor Quesnel Lafoux (pronounced Con-nel). A charming flirt who seems to have deeper feelings for her than she gives him credit for. I think Rue, with the exception of her best friend Primrose, has trouble viewing anyone seriously because she doesn't view herself very seriously. Life has been a bit of a lark for Rue, and only the combination of her parents departure from England and Quesnel getting seriously hurt that she allows herself deeper feelings, creating a more well rounded character, although still jolly good fun. As the book ended I couldn't tell if there would be another book in the Custard Protocol series. The plot seemed to wrap up most of the characters sub plots, with the exception of Primrose and Tasherit, (a possible lesbian love story?). I hope Gail Carriger does write another novel in this series because these books are a joy to read. As colorful as a red spotted dirigible flying into a golden sunset.
Ilo24 More than 1 year ago
I love Gail Carriger's books and have yet to be disappointed. This book continues that trend. If you have not read her other books, be sure to start with the Parasol Protectorate before beginning this series. They are all fantastic!
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I find Garriger's books delightful. They are intelligently written, filled with humor (never at anyone's expense), cleverly plotted, and just good fun. This one is no exception. Prudence is coming into her own now that she has obtained her majority. But why are so many near and dear showing concern? Is there something she doesn't know about this event? What is wrong with her father's wolf pack? Why is Lord Aldekama acting so oddly? As if that weren't enough, the Queen is annoyed with her! What is a young woman to do?