… the woman who could become a vampire or werewolf with a touch of her hand? Gail Carriger starts the new Custard Protocol series* with Prudence. After growing up under the watchful eyes of a werewolf pack, a vampire hive, and all of London’s Society, Prudence and her best friend Primrose are more than ready to get away and start having their own adventures. They get off to a rousing start with a dirigible trip to India at the request of Rue’s adoptive father, Lord Akeldama. Of course, they find far more happening there than he (or at least they) expected.
This is a lovely, frothy steampunk adventure, filled with excitement, exquisite manners, daring deeds, and colonial imperialism. (Not to mention gentle mockery of all of the above.) If you haven’t read the Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, I highly recommend starting there. It isn’t necessary for understanding and enjoying Prudence’s story, but it will help explain the details about her parents, and Primrose’s as well. If you are already familiar with the adventures of Alexia Tarabotti, get ready to meet (and love) her daughter.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)