Review: “Prudence” by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger
Orbit, 2015.

What if Jeeves and Wooster were a pair of giggling ladies of quality, one of whom could become a vampire or werewolf by touch?

That’s what you get with Gail Carriger’s latest steampunk fancy, Prudence, about the titular daughter of Alexia, star of Carriger’s previous series “The Parasol Protectorate.”

The novel follows Prudence, or Rue, and her friend Prim as they travel to India in a giant, ladybug-painted blimp called “The Spotted Custard,” in search of the perfect cup of tea. Along the way the pair have to deal with sinister rakshasas, oppressed were-monkeys and an embarrassingly flatulent airship.

It’s nothing particularly weighty, but it’s lots of fun, filled with humor that would make Wodehouse and Willis proud, and that’s really all it aims to be.

Read my full review at “The Nameless Zine.”

—Michael Senft

Buy Prudence.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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2 Responses to Review: “Prudence” by Gail Carriger

  1. Enjoyed this one. Never got into the Parasol Protectorate books (stopped after the first one) but surprisingly, the story of Alexia’s daughter Prudence managed to hook me.


  2. lynnsbooks says:

    I read the first four Parasol books but I think the novelty wore off as I didn’t complete and Prudence just then somehow didn’t appeal. Maybe I’m going through a ‘phase’!
    Lynn 😀


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