Imprudence: The Custard Protocol #2 by Gail Carriger

Imprudence: The Custard Protocol #2 by Gail Carriger

While not the last book in The Custard Protocol series from Gail Carriger, this will be the last installment for a bit -which will give those unfamiliar with this series a chance to read The Parasol Protectorate series, a good chance to meet the characters and understand the humor. Narrated by Moira Quirk, please read on for my review of the audiobook version of


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.

Stars:  Overall  4 Narration 4  Story 4

Imprudence: The Custard Protocol #2 by Gail Carriger

Title: Imprudence
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: The Custard Protocol #2
Also in this series: Prudence, Competence
Genre: Science Fiction / Steampunk
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Published by: Hachette Audio, Orbit
ISBN: 0316212210
Published on: 19 July, 2016
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 7 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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London is in chaos.

Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend
Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.

Rue has got personal 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 all really are… is frightened.

When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?

A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Gail Carriger

New York Times Bestseller 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, Custard Protocol, and Supernatural Society series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen New York Times bestsellers. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea

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