The first in a new steampunk series from Gail Carriger, I have come to learn that it spins quite nicely from the Parasol Protectorate series, so there were some pieces where information felt incomplete, but the fun in this series soon made those issues forgettable.
I enjoyed Carriger’s Finishing School series, it was a fun, quirky Teen/YA appropriate steampunk flavored fantasy, and the opportunity to start a new series was intriguing. And Rue was a charming character with some clever moments and a true zest for adventure. A bit of a muddled plot starts us on the adventure involving tea and India, as Rue, Primrose and the rest of the “gang” head off to adventure.
There are frequent mishaps, missteps and Rue’s unusual power that leaves moments of pure slapstick: this is not a ‘take me seriously’ book: the situations are often dangerous and dire, but your approach to the trouble CAN be fun. And Carriger uses her facility with words to enhance alliteration and silly sounds, descriptions fill out the visual impressions to become exactly what you might expect. A solid introduction to a new series with plenty of character building and time spent to set a tone, the reintroduction of characters from other stories, or new characters that feel hauntingly familiar and a wonderfully charming tone keep this a fun, light and amusing read.
Narration in this story is provided by Moira Quirk, and she deftly moves from one character to the next without slipping, making simple changes in pace, tone and delivery that delineated the different characters. Quirk also takes care with the text using delivery and silence to enhance more emotional moments, even giving listeners moments to giggle without losing the thread. Enhancing the story with her delivery and care, the story was a good listen, perfect for a lazy Sunday.
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 4 Story 3
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: The Custard Protocol #1
Also in this series: Imprudence
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Published by: Orbit, Hachette Audio
Published on: 17 March 2015
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 40 minutes
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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 India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?
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.