(The Custard Protocol #1)

357 pages

English language

Published Oct. 28, 2015

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5 stars (4 reviews)

Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey in a gaudy dirigible to India in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into danger, intrigue, and local politics.

3 editions

Fun and silly, not to be taken too seriously

3 stars

This was fun and silly. There is a dirigible named the Spotted Custard that is painted to look like a black and red ladybug. There are people riding wolves. There are new supernatural beings introduced, other than werewolves and vampires. I liked the main group dynamic on board of the Spotted Custard (Rue, Quesnel, Prim and Percy). I'm not sure about the Indian cultural references, I'm afraid they were inaccurate and maybe even offensive to Indian natives. Overall fun, but not to be taken seriously.

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  • Werewolves
  • Airships
  • Women adventurers
  • Steampunk fiction
  • British
  • Fiction


  • India