Prudence by Gail Carriger

Prudence is the daughter of three of the most powerful beings in London. Her mother is a preternatural and is a member of the Queen’s Shadow Council, her father is the Alpha wolf of the London Pack, and her adoptive father, Lord Akeldama, is a rove vampire and another member of the Shadow Council. She has grown up in the lap of luxury and she enjoys spending time going on missions for her dear Dama with her best friend Primrose (daughter of a hive queen). Rue and Prim are sent to India on an urgent mission regarding tea. While there they have multiple misunderstandings, find a kidnapped woman, and discover a brand new species of supernatural being.

I am absolutely IN LOVE with the world that Carriger has created. Steampunk and Vampires and Werewolves and high society… It’s just all of the best things. And what’s an amazing world without amazing PrudenceCovercharacters to populate it? I’ve read some reviews that have described the Rue/Prim pairing to be exactly the same as Alexia/Ivy or Sophronia/Dimity (from Carriger’s other series’). I actually disagree. While it’s true that Prudence is a lot like Alexia, there are some scenes with them together and they have distinct voices. Also, I thought it was really interesting how Prudence was able to project other people with her mannerisms and body language. As far as Prim goes…she is NOT like Ivy or Dimity. When it comes down to it, Ivy and Dimity were just silly girls–neither of which were particularly interested in going on adventures. More often than not, they were dragged along by Alexia or Sophronia. Prim is an active participant throughout this book. She’s wittier and more adventurous than Ivy or Dimity have ever been. The two main male characters were great as well. Quesnal and Percy were definitely able to hold their own against Prudence’s strong personality.

The thing that I really like about this series is that we’re able to catch up with past characters. We see how Biffy is doing as a werewolf, how Professor Lyle is doing as part of the Kingair pack, and how Sidheag is adjusting to life as an Alpha female. I LOVE checking up on characters! We even got to see a tiny bit of Vieve (Quesnal’s mother).

Overall, the plot is pretty good but mostly I think it’s a backdrop to show off Rue’s personality. I didn’t actually mind, but I could see some people disliking it. I’m happy to be diving back into this world and I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series. Keep an eye out for the next book in The Custard Protocol series, Imprudence, coming out…sometime. No release date yet as it’s still being written.

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: Moderate
Language: Mild
Sexual Content: Moderate
Smoking/Drinking: Mild