Book 130: "Prudence" by Gail Carriger

Title:  Prudence
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Steampunk/Historical Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Read In: Nook ePub

One of my favorite authors just released the first installment of the sequel series to the Parasol Protectorate books. Prudence is the offspring of Lady Alexia and Lord Maccon. As always, Carriger's use of vocabulary and history mixed with wit and a supernatural steampunk adventure makes for a very entertaining book. If you haven't read the Parasol Protectorate series... do so. Now. But in the meantime let me explain Prudence. Prudence is the main character of this novel. She is born of a preternatural and werewolf. This makes her a metanatural. That means she can "steal" or "borrow" the abilities or forms of supernaturals (werewolves, vampires, other were creatures, etc.) just by touching them. Really, this book simply contains some characters you already love, and if not them- their children. The adventures are similar to that of the Parasol Protectorate. Prudence, as a character, is somehow less endearing to me than her mother is, as a character. But I still enjoyed the book immensely.

My only complaint is that this book reads more like Carriger's YA series (also enjoyable), Etiquette and Espionage. This alone is not necessarily bad, but I was hoping for a more adult book series closer to the books that precede it. Meaning, this story seemed less complex and developed than the Parasol Protectorate. The characters are wonderful, Carriger's books are usually character driven. The plot could use a little more depth and complexity.

Overall, I would recommend reading Prudence, as I would all of Carriger's books. They are fun and entertaining reads while still managing to be slightly unique to the rest of the fantasy books I read. Enjoy!