On behalf of queen, country...and the perfect pot of tea.
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 Crumpet 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?
©2015 Tofa Borregaard (P)2015 Hachette Audio
If you have not read or listened to the parasol protectorate novels then please read those first, to help your understanding of the universe Gail Carriger has created.
it us a great continuation of the storyline without on over reliance on old characters from the parasol series nor from the finishing school series. the story is fast passed however if you don't like parodies of upper class Victorian society maybe look somewhere else.
Fun light hearted introduction of the young all grown up and some great new characters.
I didn't find this book as gripping as the parasol protectorate series.
The audio edition is fabulous to listen to, with Moira Quirk, the narrator, giving life to all characters.
The next in the saga of the Parasol Protectorate. This time Lady Maccon's daughter takes the reigns and leads this story.
Moira gives so much life to all characters. She brings the belief of reality through the whole book, which I admire in many narrators.
Every chapter of this book is excellent. You can see the shift from prim and proper Lady Maccon to her tearaway daughter, Prudence and her other friends.
I only started this collection of books (5 Parasol Protectorate, 1 Custard Protocol) 6 months ago and enjoyed every one. Gail Carriger, I believe, is an excellent writer, how she moulds the words to her bidding and creates these super-natural stories that will blow your mind. I am very much looking forward to her second book in the Custard Protocol (no release details on her website yet, only confirmation of the title 'Imprudence')
I had great fun listening to this book which can be read alone but is better as a follow on from the previous books as these set the scene, explain the way this world works and provide the family background.
I really wanted to love this book as I adored The Parasol Protectorate series, however I was left disappointed. The story was a little dull and was filled with pointless prattle, and I found the character of Rue a little arrogant and unpleasant, the epitome of a spoilt brat, and not what I was expecting at all. A real shame as I had been looking forward to this book for ages.
If you have heard the narrator to the finishing school or parasol protectorate, then you are up for a surprise. It is very disturbing to have some characters completely change their dialect. Biffy always spoke perfect English but had a Spanish heritage that was not obvious until his full name was known. Now suddenly he sounds like a fake-Italian. Very annoying!
Silly, and not really in a good way. I enjoyed the carriger finishing school series more but this is mostly just inane with a few decent bits that make it tolerable. Main character seems to spend most of her time 'amusingly' naked and operating with an enormous sense of entitlement in a world where complex political problems can be resolved with a visit from nice British ladies applying tea and crumpets. Pure fluff. Some creative world building and interesting ideas tucked here and there.
"Disappointed , slightly irritating yet still compulsive listening, perhaps hoping it would get better."
Not a patch on parasol protectorate. A little annoying. Couldn't get into the heroine's character.
This story is wonderful and the performance was marvelous. Can't wait for the next one.
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