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  1. Letitia says:
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    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Its a great opener but we need more if the series continues, 31 Mar. 2015
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    Letitia

    This review is from: Prudence: Book One of The Custard Protocol (Paperback)

    The Nitty Gritty: Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama is all grown up and ready for adventure. As the only, to date, metanatural in the world its up to her to cause as much trouble as she can while she can. This time she is given her very own dirigible and an assignment to negotiate a tea treaty with interested parties in India for her Dama.

    All is not as it seems for the crew of The Spotted Custard as they float into port in Bombay. For one a mysterious cat seems to be on their tail (pun included) and said cat keeps asking Rue about her mother and two the local werewolf pack is acting funny and a Brigadier’s wife is missing, along with Dama’s tea. Its up to the crew of The Spotted Custard sort everything out before new gets back to England that Rue entertained a certain military gentlemen without a chaperon.

    Opening Line: “Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama was enjoying her evening exceedingly.”

    The Good: I am a huge, huge fan of Gail’s and a bigger fan of her Parasol Protectorate series. I mean who doesn’t love a bossy woman with a penchant for getting into sticky situations? Well I do. I tore through the entire series in a manner of days and was saddened when I got to the end and found out there wouldn’t be anymore. I was overjoyed when Gail announced that she was returning to the sundowner world and giving use a new cast of characters for our troubles.

    The brood of all the characters we grew to love in the Parasol Protectorate are all present and accounted for in the Custard Protocol. Its interesting to see that Primrose and Prudence became friends, better friends that Ivy and Alexia every were. For the simple fact that Prim and Rue are totally honest with each other and hold each other in the strictest of confidences. I wished Alexia and Ivy could have been that close. Ivy had a lot more to offer than people gave her credit for. Though its nice to see Prim getting a better spotlight and role than her mother got.

    I am really enjoying the new characters in this tail. Especially Spoo. We often get this image of Victorian of England that tells us women were objects, pretty things to be bartered for money, position and or crown. Its nice to get these glimpse into a society that did have places for women that fell outside of societal norms. Sure society was still rigid and close minded but now we know that there were women who bucked tradition. I have a feeling Spoo is going to move out of the secondary character realm into a major character and I am all for it.

    The Bad: I still really don’t have a sense of Rue’s personality. It seems to be a combination of several characters. Now on occasion in the novel Rue pulls on the personality of others as a means of infiltration, she is the daughter of the Prince of Spies after all, but even after she removed them I still don’t know about Rue. The rest of the characters are laid out perfectly and precisely. I can tell you all about Prim, Percy and Quesnel and even Spoo, but for the life of me I can’t figure out Rue.

    Its almost as if Carriger is recreating Alexia because she got great feedback on this character. For me Rue is just a younger version of Alexia. We met Alexia when she was 26 and we meet Rue when she is 20. So I think Carriger just rolled back the clock for Rue. She doesn’t have a firm footing.

    I hate the relationship Rue has with her mother. I didn’t think Alexia was going to suddenly turn sappy and become the mother of the year, but at the end of the Parasol Protectorate she did have a maternal connection with Prudence, but in this new series its almost as if Alexia and Conal abandoned their child into the sole care of Dama, as he is now called. Oh and can I mention the fact that I hate that Lord Akeldama, in all his dandy finery has been reduced to the ill fitting moniker, Dama. I cringe every time I read it. I just think it was forced tension that we didn’t need. We already had that. Three people, two the blood parents, and one the adopted vampire parent, are trying to raise one child. That has tension slapped all over it. We didn’t need the cliched bad parent relationship. I think it does a disservice to Alexia and especially Conal who was too excited over having a child. Now its possible that with this being the first book in the series Carriger wanted to firmly cement this as its own stand alone series and she needed to distance Rue from Alexia, but I think there were other ways this could have been accomplished.

    For someone raised by Dama with Alexia and Conal as parents Rue is painfully naive. Almost to the point of stupidity. Rue seems to just be getting by on the sheer force of a borrow personality.

    My Hope for the Series: I hope that Carriger can cement Rue’s personality a little more. If she can then this series is sure to overtake the Parasol Protectorate and firmly place Carriger in the upper echelons of the…

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  2. Scousebadger says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice to see Gail Carriger back!, 24 Mar. 2015
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    Scousebadger (England) –

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    This review is from: Prudence: Book One of The Custard Protocol (Paperback)
    Nice to see Gail Carriger back, and exploring the jewel in the British Empire’s crown equivalent in her steampunk world.

    I’m glad to see that her gleefully twee names still abound (Phinkerlington, Featherstonehaugh), and even happier that Ms Carriger has replaced the Americanisms that littered the Parasol Protectorate books with their proper British equivalents: I am not perturbed when American citizenry describe red and black-spotted insects as “ladybugs”, but it stretches credibility when alleged members of the English aristocracy and upper middle classes do the same. As far as Rue and her friends are concerned, a ladybird is a ladybird – accept no substitutions!

    However, the book does still suffer from some lazy editing where the occasional homophones rear their heads: for example, skytrains have “break levers”, not “brake levers”. Which paints a rather strange picture.

    There’s also none of the multi-layered drama that made the Parasol Protectorate books unputdownable: following Alexia Tarabotti as she negotiated the supernatural problems she encountered while trying to stay within the norms of Victorian society and keep her preternatural status secret from her nearest and dearest made enjoyable reading; Rue, as the daughter of three powerful supernaturals and her metanatural nature known by all, has things a lot easier than her mother did. This makes Rue, for me, a somewhat less interesting lead character than Alexia.

    Is nice to be back in the Parasol Protectorate world, but I still prefer the first series of books so far.

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  3. Lord Snow Reviews says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Returning to an old freind, 19 Mar. 2015
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    This reads much like the original Parasol Protectorate Series, with quirky characters and mannerism from start to finish. We even get to see many of the characters of the original series in lovely little cameo bits.
    One thing to note is that Prudence is not Alexia. She seems much more accepted by her society than Alexia ever was and so is more conventional in some of her attitudes. For example she has none of Alexia’s bluestocking tendencies. This is not a bad thing, but overall it felt that Prudence was far less emotionally mature than Alexia was in her first book. This series than could be Prudence’s growth into a woman as formidable as her mother. Whilst she is nowhere near there yet, I have high hopes and will definitely get the next one in the series.

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