Narrator: Moira Quirk
Published by Orbit on July 19th 2016
Length: 12 hours, 7 minutes
Source: Purchased through Audible
London is in chaos.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.
Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.
When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?
I started reading The Parasol Protectorate after they were all out, so while I loved them, I didn’t have to suffer through the wait for new books. The Custard Protocol, Rue’s spin-off series, is my favorite of the two so far, but I have decided this is only the case because The Parasol Protectorate existed first. Without the first series, I would write Rue off as a product of her story being set in the past but written for a modern audience. But because her mother cares so much about the conventions of society in the The Parasol Protectorate, I can appreciate what it means that Rue doesn’t.
The characters, especially the romantic relationships, are the focus in this book. Book one, Prudence, had a YA feel to it, even though the characters are adults. However, Imprudence stepped up the romance and we are firmly in adult territory. I didn’t quite expect it, so I spent quite a few chapters blushing.
In many ways, the plot seemed to take a back seat to the steamy scenes, and often felt disjointed. It took about half the book to really understand what the plot even was. However, there is more than enough interpersonal conflict to keep things interesting, and, with the addition of a beloved character from the first series, I am not looking forward to the long wait for the next installment.
Favorite Moment: When a character from the original series returns. View Spoiler » I loved watching Rue and Floot get to know each other and talk about the past. Their relationship is so different from Floot and Alexia’s or Alexia and Rue’s. I didn’t know I needed this relationship until I read it, but it is perfect. « Hide Spoiler
O.o: Two words: “French” lessons.
Narrator: I really enjoy listening to this narrator. She does a great job on these books and I would absolutely listen to other books for her narration.
Tl;dr: Although occasionally disjointed in the story-telling, it should be emotionally satisfying for long-term fans.