Imprudence is the second book in the Custard Protocol series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book, Prudence.
Rue, and her family are still dealing with the political mess she started in India. Queen Victoria is not best pleased with her. And there’s something not right with the local werewolf pack, with her father acting the strangest of all. He’s getting old and that isn’t good news for alpha wolves. All eyes turn to Rue’s dirigible, The Spotted Custard to solve the problem, leading her and her assorted crew on a new adventure.
Whilst it took a while to get into the first Custard Protocol book, I fell straight into Imprudence and I warmed so much more to the characters. As the cover suggests, this time Rue is off to Egypt, although unfortunately not on a site seeing trip. She must transport her father to the one place he can grow old gracefully, even if that means saying goodbye. Of course, this means her mother must come with them on the journey, much to Rue’s annoyance.
Rue has reached her majority, in other words become an adult in the eyes of society. She’s not quite sure what happens now, but she’s very interested in learning some scandalous “French” off Quesnal whilst on their trip. Rue’s adamant she doesn’t care about the Frenchman and it’s all just casual but I think the lady doth protest too much.
You can’t go round kissing coquettish Frenchmen willy-nilly. It’s not done and the papers will positively float off the stands.
There’s a lot more development around the lioness Sekhmet, who is rather flirty with Primrose. Primrose on the other hand keeps getting engaged to unsuitable men. Percy has caused quite a fuss with his latest scientific paper and Quesnal is keeping something strange below decks. Not to mention Rue can’t command the respect of certain members of her crew. It’s going to be quite the journey.
Forgive us immortals our sins of pride, child. We all age like cheese, growing strong and tasty but also covered in the mould of good intentions gone grey.
There’s plenty of action and silliness, and again it touches on the British Empire’s habit of sticking its oar in where it’s not wanted.
Imprudence is published by Orbit and will be available in ebook editions on 19th July 2016 with the paperback following on the 21st July. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review. Fancy getting your paws on Imprudence? I have a spare copy to give away (UK only this time). Check out the Rafflecopter below for details. I’ll also be having Gail on the blog next week to answer my questions about this series, and cake, of course.
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