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(The Custard Protocol #4)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol series.

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custa
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Orbit
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Wonderful book! My favorite in this 4 book series! I love the world, the characters, the jokes and the romance! What really made this book extra special was the appearances of some of my favorite characters from her finishing school series! I hope to see more novels and novellas with this series! 😍
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Nov 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-books
So I just added this to the list and saw that it HAS A COVER NOW!
Sooo happy! I lost my breath for a few seconds of happyness, I probably looked like I was having a stroke luckily I am alone.
Also, Japan, hats, doctors ooOOooo!!!!
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reticence marks the end of an era, as Miss Gail Carriger has already stated that there will be no more books in the Parasol Protectorate/Custard Protocol universe. For that alone it deserves the four stars as creating this universe and such a series of books (3 generations of characters!) is no small feat.

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Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! I cannot begin to do the final book in the Custard Protocol series justice. I listened to it in audio and loved, absolutely loved, both the narration and the story. It’s an A+ for me, so five stars here. In a Facebook live event Ms. Carriger described Reticence as something like a “love letter” to her readers/fans; that’s exactly what it felt like to me. In addition to featuring a surprisingly enchanting love story of two nerdish, awkward characters, Ms. Carriger gives plenty of time to o ...more
Tiana Hadnt
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 STARS!!!!!! I hate to say this, but Custard Protocol just is not for me. I enjoyed Reticence more than I did Prudence or Competence (Imprudence is the best in the series by far), but I was still left sorely disappointed.

Reticence is all about Percy, and his developing relationship with a doctor named Arsenic. Only, it’s not always about that at all. This fourth in the series reads more as an “I want to bring in all my other characters from previous works to say farewell,” than as a cohesive,
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Retience" marks the end of an era which makes it an extremely difficult book to review. Gail Garriger's Parasolverse follows three generations of characters, spanding from the 1850s and ending in 1901. Coupled with ancient mythological hsitory "Retience" encompasses the totality of the series and ties up loose ends, but leaves room for more narratives.
The plot of "Reticence " is fairly straightforward locate and rescue The Wallflower, a spy, and investigate a new shifter species in Japan. Ru
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Lacking in plot and consisting largely of a relatively unromantic romance. That said, I actually liked the romance, at least intellectually, because Percy and Arsenic fall in love merely by reading together and sometimes having deep conversations about their various overlapping interests. There's no passion there that I ever felt, but there's a deep connection of the truly similar and there's no doubt they'll live happy lives together. It's generally not the stuff of romance novels, but there's ...more
Dawn Siemer
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the best book yet

I've read and loved all Carriger's books. This book is one of the tamer adult-oriented ones. I've always liked Percy, and Arsenic is a great addition to the Spotted Custard crew. Carriger's characters are always interesting, and her main characters are usually eccentric. I always feel like I get to meet new people I haven't before when I read her books.

This book has a little adventure, a little romance, and a little mystery. It was a lot of fun. But I think I enjoyed ge
This book was a true delight from start to finish.

The hero is a charmingly awkward and droll companion, and the heroine is an excellent addition to the crew of the dirigible that gives the name to this series. I appreciate how certain tropes are used in unexpected ways throughout the course of their courtship, and I was very tickled by their version of flirting, which I suspect is not so different from mine.

The cast of supporting characters is very entertaining, and full of easter eggs sure to
Nothing makes my Bookworm heart happier than a series that ends well. Gail Carriger has woven a wonderful conclusion to Custard Protocol. It gave me Percy's story, charming new character Arsenic, and old favorites from Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate. My only complaint is that I wish Epilogue was about 50 pages longer. I just wanted to see so much more of these beloved characters.

Favorite Bits:“Which one of us should lead?” This scene was perfection.

Tash the Werelioness and Tassels.

Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As travel expands the world for the crew of the Spotted Custard, broadening ideas of humanity, the supernatural, and the very foundations of science, so too the world shrinks a little for the readers. Old friends from Finishing School end up in Japan, and great mysteries of history connect to characters we know well.

Even without those references to earlier books, however, this story is good fun. I adore Arsenic, who is the perfect doctor for this particular airship. I also truly appreciate that
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is everything I could have asked for. I first thought the book was too short--fewer than 350 pages to say goodbye to these characters, my family?--but it's really the culmination of a 15+ book series. Tidied loose ends, romance for everyone who wants it, favorite past characters making an appearance, new supernaturals, and a great new POV that I hope continues into one of the several novella spin-offs Carriger has planned. I'm going to miss The Spotted Custard, but not to the point of despa ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars even though it wasn't exactly perfect. This was supposed to be Percy's story and I feel like he was only in half of the book. The parts where we did get the interactions between him and Arsenic (which were hilarious and achingly sweet at the same time), and also when we got to read more of his inner thoughts than ever before were what really sold me on this. He has been one of my favorite characters since the first book, and even though I would have loved to get more Rue ...more
Chelsey Nixon
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth and final book in the Custard Protocol series, and I LOVED it! Percy may finally find love, with the daughter of Presha (from Finishing School books and Poison & Protect, for Carriger fans!) Dr Arsenic Ruthven, and the crew take on another adventure trip to Japan, while also looking to rescue an agent from the Parasol Protectorate, and maybe discover another new type of shifter as well! It's a great story that I highly recommend to all fans of the series and Gail Carriger' ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stunning and satisfying conclusion to the Custard Protocol (and, indeed, the Parasol Protectorate world). All tied up in a bow!

I did notice a small number of possible typos, but it’s possible that they are just the language used at that time - I really wouldn’t know! They don’t detract from the enjoyment of the excellent story, so a very minor niggle really.

I can’t really say too much more without spoilers, but I love being in Percy’s head, I want to be Arsenic, and Spoo is great! Lots of old
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love at first scone!

I am a HUGE Gail Carriger fan and, therefore, naturally inclined to love this book. It did NOT disappoint, and I think it may be my favorite of the whole Custard Protocol series! Percy's awkwardness is just so completely endearing and meeting the dreaded Preshea's daughter Arsenic (naturally named for poison) was a fun way to link the Finishing School and Delightfully Deadly series in. And... there were more of our favorites from FS in this book and that made me happier than
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming ending for the series. A fairly straightforward plot, especially compared with the earlier books in the series, and most main Parasolverse characters made an appearance. Percy was my favourite from the start and he really shined in this one. Arsenic was a good match for him, and their courtship was cute. The romance was fairly subdued though, perhaps to match the title of the book, and didn't really come to life until at the end of the book. There were some revelations too, especially c ...more
I love Gail Carriger and would read anything she wrote, but the Custard Protocol series has been my favorite. The family that the characters have created for themselves gives me all the feels. Honestly, this is something Gail does really well in all her books. Her characters find love and acceptance and a place to belong that feels authentic, even when they're floating around the world on a dirigible or living on a space station.

This book addresses a bunch of connections that were hinted at in
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite in the Custard Protocol series and I'm gutted that it is probably the last book in this particular time in history. All the work that Carriger has done her books set during the reign of Victoria comes together and you get to revisit some favorite, and some loathed, characters again. That made the book itself feel much larger than the previous three. The expanded cast really helped overall since Rue and Quesnel were never really my favorite characters.
Reading about Percy and
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, I cant really say more than that.

Truly lovable characters, a fantastic world its set in, Vampires, Werewolves and other supernatural things, steampunk, humour and great fun stories.

This story is a great way of rounding out the series, it does feel a little cut short at the end because there could be so much more but the epilogue was a good way to round it off. So much more to come from this series (I hope) and seeing glimpses of old characters along the way is always nice. I
Ryan Watt
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for a Found Family story, which the Custard Protocol series is. I love this series, as I love all of Gail Carriger's parasol-verse series. But this book, this book works for me on a level one step higher than most of the others in her shared universe. The new character, Arsenic is a delight. It has the right amount of throwing in appearances and references to past books, without letting that stiffle the development of a new plot. In fact, the new plot puts a delightful bow on the e ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The series, or rather several of them, all wrap up in a neat little bow in this, the final book of the Custard Protocol series. Thank heavens the author has said that this won't be the last that we see of these amazing characters. Ms Carriger created a complex and vibrant universe and peopled it with such well rounded and realistic characters that it would be a shame if this was the last we heard from them. Although many of the major story arcs have been completed, there remain some ques
I have been a long time fan of Gail Carriger and the Steampunk world she has created starting with the Parsol Protectorate, followed up with Finishing School and of course the Custard Protocol. Of the Custard Protocol, I think Percy's story, Reticence is my favorite. Funny, witty, emotional, everything you want in the conclusion of a great series. I am not going to lie, I am really heartbroken that Custard Protocol is coming to an end, we can only hope we will see more of this world in some form ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little different pace due to Percy being the main character, but still a spiffing good read!
One way I can judge a book is how I read it. This was a blend of rushing to find out what came next and a great need for it not to end.
That, I think, is about as good as it gets.
The usual characters are present with their unique foibles.
The addition of a very sharp ship's doctor, who happens to be a woman, is great fun.
I'm sorry this series is finished but I'm confident that Ms. Carriger will come up wi
Gail Bailey
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A present with A Well Tied Bow

For those of us who have read all of her previous books, it is peppered with grace notes of loved characters returning in unexpected ways. It rounds off the Custard Protocol series in quite a satisfying way. Percy Tunstell has his turn in the sun and the new ship's doctor, Arsenic Ruthven, is a pip. The Spotted Custard moors in London, for a wedding (Lady Captain Rue and Chief Engineer Quesnel), acquiring a Ship's Doctor, and a tea table meeting with intelligencers.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I want to like this series so bad because I love Gail Carriger's setting and writing style so much, but I feel like each book in this series just got progressively more expository, rather than descriptive. The storyline still moves along at a good clip, but it was like I had to overlook all the bland explanations of who did what, why to get to the heart of the character growth and the story development.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I love Gail Carriger’s characters in all her series, but she out did herself in this one! This is one of those books where the dialogue is so good you want to read it aloud and act it out! Glad to see her give Percy a soul in this one. I Highly recommend the Custard Protocol and Soulless Parasol Protectorate series to anyone who loves a good romance/supernatural/Victorian England/steam punk mashup!!
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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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The Custard Protocol (4 books)
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