Book Review: Gail Carriger – Reticence (Custard Protocol)

Reticence: Custard ProtocolReticence: Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always look forward to a new book in the Parasolverse, and Carriger never fails to deliver something great.

This time on the romance block it’s Percy, who, I admit, I had been digging as ace or aro (and whom I continue to dig as aspec), so it was gonna take someone special to capture his heart, and mine on his behalf.

Well, Arsenic (just take a beat to love that name) did the trick from page one. She’s a perfect fit for the family of misfits aboard the Custard: quick, smart, an oddity to society, unwilling to judge others, and a big heart coupled with a laid back acceptance of whatever is happening around her.

She’s a great match for Percy, if he could only move past his lack of experience and actually get with the kissing!

The rest of the book is, as expected, ridiculous and fun. Floating cities, more new shapeshifters, tassles, fainting vampire queens, Akeldama being…well, Akeldama.

Carriger shows, as always, that she can write books set in the past (albeit a steampunk version of it) whilst refusing to cis-, het- and whitewash everything in it. Each oddball is written with love, care and respect, and I look forward to this in any new works as much as I look forward to the stories themselves.

All in all, another favourite for the reread list! And I can’t wait for the next.

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