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(The Custard Protocol #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  14,253 ratings  ·  1,911 reviews
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.

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 In
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Orbit
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Shannon Luchies I think you probably SHOULD read the Parasol Protectorate first.

*mild spoiler*

Almost ALL the major characters are connected to the PP series (Heh) a…more
I think you probably SHOULD read the Parasol Protectorate first.

*mild spoiler*

Almost ALL the major characters are connected to the PP series (Heh) as well as referring to events in that series. (less)

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Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely nobody
I don't know when I've been so disappointed in a book.

I loved The Parasol Protectorate series. I pre-ordered this book precisely because I loved Alexia's story so much and I couldn't wait to read more about her and her daughter being awesome together in steampunk supernatural London. This is definitely not the book I was expecting.

Warning...from here on, there are spoilers.

Let me list the problems with this book:

1) The plot is nonexistent.

There should be a plot. The premise is that Alexia's dau
Ah, the first not fabulous review of this book. Well. Isn’t this awkward?

Having read (and loved) Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series I’ve been dying for this new spin-off series. Prudence! Their metanatural daughter all grown up, wreaking all sorts of havoc on London! How freaking fun is this going to be?!?! For me? Not so much. Not so much at all. This was such a chore for me to read and took me a whopping 25 days to get through. 25 days!!! I can’t even begin to explain how sad this mak
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Always love the audio of these books. And the cat was named, Footnote 😃

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020
I loved everything about this book! It was light hearted, it was funny, the narrator was perfect - all those weird voices she had to do and every one was spot on.

The last time I saw Prudence she was a toddler who took on werecub form and ran off down the streets of London with her father giving chase. She has grown up since then and in this series she has taken over as MC from her mother. There were many references to the previous series which was nice.

I enjoyed the characters of the now adult R
[5 Stars] I adored this book. I feel like I can't say much because it will spoil the Parasol Protectorate series, but if you are a fan of Parasol Protectorate you need to read this one. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times, and it has all of the wit and intelligence of her other books. The characters are fascinating, and I particularly love the way they interact with each other. I also adored the glimpses we got of characters from the Parasol Protectorate and the references to that se ...more
Nitzan Schwarz
Dec 21, 2013 marked it as to-read-not-owned
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! *hyperventilating*
This is about Macon and Alexia's daughter, isn't it?
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG 2015 come already! *sobs*
1.5 stars!

How can Gail Carriger - the one who wrote the awesome Parasol Protectorate series - make this awful book?

Prudence is the most obnoxious, spoiled, self-absorbed heroine I have ever read. She touches supernatural people without permission, and thus takes their werewolf curse or vampirism. She has no cultural sensitivity whatsoever, and she looks down on everyone.

Rue's best friend, Primrose, is a complete airhead. I wanted to chuck this book across the room whenever she spoke, which was
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I didn’t expect to like this one so much. First of all, I haven’t read any of Gail Carriger’s other books save for Soulless which I found quite enjoyable, but ultimately the emphasis on Alexia and Maccon’s romance kept me from diving headfirst into the Parasol Protectorate. Then along came Prudence. Described as a new series featuring the adventures of Alexia’s daughter, this book sounded like a lot of fun. More importan
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

"...“How did we go from tea to death so quickly?” wondered Quesnel. “Sometimes,” said Prim darkly, “there is a very fine line between the two.”..."

This was very cute. Not as wonderful as the original series, but I have hope it will improve as we go. After all, it is hard to follow character as Alexia Tarabotti! The infant inconvenience, Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, or Rue, now grown to the age of 20, is trying to come out of the shadow of her three overwhelming parents. It will
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Fans of Gail Carriger, do you remember that spark of delightful, outrageous humor that was there in Soulless, but seemed to have all but disappeared in later books? It was probably somewhere collecting interest because it’s back in full force in Prudence. This is Carriger’s best work since her debut, it’s fresh, full of adventure and has just enough romance to keep us glued to our reading chairs.

Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, Rue to her friends, daughter of Alexia and Conall Maccon and ad
Maria V. Snyder
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished listening to this today! I had two long car trips, which helped speed things along :)

If you liked/loved Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series then you'll enjoy this one as well - same world and most of the same characters (or relatives of those characters). The narrator is different than the lady who read the Soulless books so there are a few different pronunciations, but Moira Quirk does an excellent job. I believe Moira also reads Carriger's Finishing School books, which I als
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, 2015
As an existing fan of Gail Carriger's work, I was expecting to like this novel a lot. I don't think I was quite expecting to like it THIS much.

Rue is a very different creature to her mother, in a later time and a more relaxed era, and the tone of the novel very much follows suit - ruder, cheekier, almost bawdy (I'm pretty certain Alexia would not have stood for a device that ejaculated sticky white fluid at climactic moments, no matter how useful). There's less whimsy, as Rue's mischievous pract
Ashley Marie
Fits right in with everything else in this unique universe, and exactly what I've come to expect from Gail. Having read both Finishing School and the Parasol Protectorate before jumping into the Custard Protocol, I love finding the Easter egg connections between old and new characters. :) Rue and her companions are a ton of fun, and I'm excited for Imprudence!
I wish I loved tea as much as everyone in this book does! It does seem wonderful that there should be a way to broker peace between warring factions that merely involves sitting quietly, taking tea, and perhaps eating a well-buttered muffin!

I am always delighted anew by Carriger's books: the fashions, the hilarity of the conversations, the luscious descriptions of attractive people in fancy clothes eating pastries! And then of course, there's the action, the magic, and more than a little sensua
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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Every author out there has a book that just didn't quite turn out. Some of them are horrendous failures, but some are just books that are obviously not the authors best work. Prudence is one of those books. While I wouldn't call this book a failure, I wouldn't say it was Carriger's best work either. Though the writing was fantastic, as it always is, everything else from lack of plot to poor character development really brought t
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Steampunk, tea, travel, fashion, were-what?

Full review to come.

This was awesome and I loved it. I loved the nods to the other books she's written. I loved how the world she built just keeps on growing. I loved Rue and Prim.

But it wasn't as good as Parasol Protectorate. I loved the nods to the characters, getting to meet them again, but it kind of felt like one last time. The last time I'd see Alexia and Connall. The last time I'd see Lyall. The last time I'd see Akeldama. And I hope it'
Adventure, humor, friendship, family, romance, mystery, witty dialogue, etiquette lessons, paranormal, politics, cute cats, historical yet futuristic fiction = Steampunk (or at least steampunk the way Gail Carriger does it)

This is not as good as the original series, but it is still highly enjoyable. My heart melts seeing Alexia and Conall again. I am definitely interested in seeing where Prudence’s journey will take her. She is brave and reckless and fun-loving and kinda of a badass. My only co
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, 3-star
Compared to Gail Carriger's previous series - both Parasole Protectorate and Finishing School - The Custard Protocol is shockingly tame.

Rue is positively proper in comparison to the two previous heroines, which really skewed both my interest and liking of the book towards the negative. Soulless was a breath of fresh air, considering Alexia was witty, sharp, and a trouble maker who managed to subvert social norms and adhere to them. Sophronia was that way as well, attracted to danger, adrenaline
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
I was thinking of giving this one an ok rating, but, did I think it as ok? Did I like a single thing about it?

Not really.

Every single character was an idiot. So freaking annoying. I would not want to be friends with any of them. I would not even want to be in the room with any of them. I did meet 3 previous characters, but even they had changed.

The book tried WAY too hard. WAAAAAAY! No, that is not funny. No, that is not cute. That is pushing it beyond. It was trying. It was exhausting to read.

Wiebke (1book1review)
This is one enjoyable start of a new series. The characters play really well together, the setting is familiar and new at the same time, and the story doesn't rush anything.

I really enjoyed the time Carriger took to set a scene always paying attention to clothes and tea - as we are used to by her.

The story itself is not action packed, but the book lives from the interactions and banter of the four main characters.

I am looking forward to the next in the series!

Rereading this just improved it and
***4.5 flatulating airship stars***
Cori Reed
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
While fun, I did not enjoy this book as much as the other Gail Carriger books I've read. I'll definitely keep reading the series though.
Amber J
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So after reading the Parasol Protectant series, I was really excited to read this one and see how Prudence grew up and what her life would be like. I was a bit disappointed in this book, however. I didn't have the same shine the original series had. It's not as funny, the romance isn't as steamy, and the plo
Thea Maia
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was nice getting a small glimpse of the characters I loved in the Parasol Protectorate series. Prudence is all grown up. She is an interesting combination of her parents...wit, creativity, dramatic flare and of course her metaphysical abilities. Can't wait for the next book!
Originally reviewed for & posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

When I found out there was to be a spin-off/sequel series to Gail Carriger’s truly brilliant Parasol Protectorate series, I’m not going to lie, there was arm flailing. Prudence, The Custard Protocol Book the First, takes place roughly twenty years later, and has the daughter of Lord and Lady Maccon, Prudence, at its helm.

Quite l
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-sff-faves
So, Gail Carriger has long been a wonderful author for me, ever since I read the parasole Protectorate series by her. I not only feel completely in love with the characters of the Parasole Protectorate, I also just adored the flouncy, spiffing way that the characters were thrust into adventures of perilous and peculiar sorts all over the place. This new series is no different, I loved the characters and I found myself quite captivated by the adventure they went on. We do get returning characters ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
So, this was still a very fun read and all that, but it turns out I'm just not a fan of stories where the British Empire is portrayed as an almost universal good. (There are some knowing nods to the idea that perhaps not all is fun and games, but not quite enough.) I'd definitely stick with Carriger's other series where it is a little easier to ignore that aspect. It has everything else one expects from our good author, and I did enjoy my time in the book!
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed The Parsol Protectorate enough that was excited to see Gail Carriger had written a follow up series starring the infant inconvenient of the main characters in Parasol. Prudence's metanatural abilities showed promise of many hi-jinks to come, especially if she ended up as adventuresome as her mother. While we do get some metanatural running amuck, what mostly happens is a lot of silly nonsense.

"When all else failed – overwhelm with inanities."

And that basically sums up Prudence the firs
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Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G L Carriger). Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and the Finishing School series. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. Join the Chirrup for sneak peaks of upcoming gigg ...more

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