Hi everyone, I hope you are all having am amazing day and staying safe. I have been managing to read more books recently so thought that it was about time I started writing some of my reviews.
Title: The Custard Protocol Series
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: 2015-2019
Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy
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?
This is third series written in the Parsolverse and as with the others I adored it. It follows Prudence and her friends (the next generation on from the Parasol Protectorate series) as they travel around the world on a dirigible getting themselves into all sorts of trouble and coming across a few scientific discoveries while they are at it.
As usual Gail creates an amazing cast of characters that you can’t help but fall in love with and will have you laughing at their antics throughout. First we have Rue who is a meternatural meaning that she can steal the form of Immortals and tends to do so at the most inconvenient times. Then we have Quensal the charming French Inventor who Rue most certainly does not have a crush on. Along with Rue’s lifelong best friend the stylish Ivy Tunstall who is battling with her own sense of self and her twin brother Percy who would much rather have his head in a scientific paper than have to deal with the rest of the world. We have serval cameos throughout from characters from both the Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate series and a lot of the situations that Rue finds herself in can often be traced back to them. We are also introduced to a whole host of interesting new characters and I love how diverse these characters are both in there sexualities, gender and race.
I really love the world building in this as not only do we get to see more of the world in this but we also get to see how far the scientific and technological developments have come from where we first started with the Finishing School crew.
Overall, these books will not fail to leave a smile on your face and I highly recommend this or any of her other books in this universe if you love fast paced fantasy full of adventure, fun characters and one that will have you laughing throughout. Oh, and you can’t forget the Victorian etiquette scattered throughout.
I gave the series 4 stars.
Have you read anything from the Parasolverse and if so what did you think of them??