I’ve been a fan of Gail Carriger right from her debut novel Soulless, and pretty much own all her books, which are set in the same Victorian England world where werewolves form part of the British army and vampires set the social rules. Although, perhaps not so much now as times are a-changing. And with changing times comes Prudence, spunky, adventurous daughter of the formidable soulless muhjah Alexia Maccon. And this time, Prudence, her friends and her dirigible, The Spotted Custard, are on their way to Egypt on a mission to aid her werewolf father. But things aren’t going smoothly, what with Prudence inciting Queen Victoria’s disapproval, strange men attacking The Spotted Custard, and just what is the mysterious object Quesnel has installed in the boiler room?
If you love the Parasol Protectorate books, you’re sure to love Imprudence, the sequel to Prudence and second book in the Custard Protocol series. I’m really enjoying Prudence’s dirigible trips to far-off places, not to mention the appearances of old friends from the Parasol Protectorate books! (For fans of the Finishing School series, there is even a mention of a certain, ahem, wicker chicken.) And there are new surprises too, that had me going, “What?!?”
Imprudence sees Carriger amping up the romance factor, something she hasn’t done in a while since her first book, Soulless. Soulless had a strong romance flavour running through it, almost so one could have thought of it as a romance book, with a steampunk/fantasy setting. Her following books, however, were more steampunk/fantasy with a thread of hot romance running through. Carriger’s latest novella, Poison or Protect, while set in the same steampunk/fantasy world as the rest of her books, saw her returning once more to a strong romance theme. But my favourite has got to be the romantic/sexual tension going on between Prudence and a certain flirtatious French inventor in Imprudence. Sooo delicious! Who would have thought that the grubby mischievous Quesnel would have grown up to be such a hottie?
Fans of Gail Carriger’s books will love her latest offering, Imprudence. I pretty much devoured the book in one day, then sighed with satisfaction, then sighed with sadness upon realising a third book is just way too far off in the future. Don’t worry, Imprudence does not leave you on a cliffhanger. But there will be a few questions left unanswered, plus I’d love to see where Prudence and her (now pretty much complete) dirigible crew will float off to next and what new supernatural creatures they will discover. All hail the Queen of steampunk!