Reticence (Custard Protocol, #4) by Gail Carriger

Reticence (Custard Protocol, #4)

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's The Custard Protocol series.Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, The Spotted Custard. Of course, he'd never admit that he belongs among them. He's always...

Details Reticence (Custard Protocol, #4)

TitleReticence (Custard Protocol, #4)
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Reticence (Custard Protocol, #4)

  • Jackie
    Wonderful book! My favorite in this 4 book series! I love the world, the characters, the jokes and the romance! What really made this book extra special was the appearances of some of my favorite characters from her finishing school series! I hope to see more novels and novellas with this series! 😍
  • Linniegayl
    Oh my! I cannot begin to do the final book in the Custard Protocol series justice. I listened to it in audio and loved, absolutely loved, both the narration and the story. It’s an A+ for me, so five stars here. In a Facebook live event Ms. Carriger described Reticence as something like a “love letter” to her readers/fans; that’s exactly what it felt like to me. In addition to featuring a surprisingly enchanting love story of two nerdish, ...
  • Tiana Hadnt
    2.5 STARS!!!!!! I hate to say this, but Custard Protocol just is not for me. I enjoyed Reticence more than I did Prudence or Competence (Imprudence is the best in the series by far), but I was still left sorely disappointed.Reticence is all about Percy, and his developing relationship with a doctor named Arsenic. Only, it’s not always about that at all. This fourth in the series reads more as an “I want to bring in all my other characters fro...
  • Kingtchalla83
    "Retience" marks the end of an era which makes it an extremely difficult book to review. Gail Garriger's Parasolverse follows three generations of characters, spanding from the 1850s and ending in 1901. Coupled with ancient mythological history "Retience" encompasses the totality of the series and ties up loose ends, but leaves room for more narratives.🍶🍶🍶The plot of "Reticence " is fairly straightforward locate and rescue The Wallflower...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Lacking in plot and consisting largely of a relatively unromantic romance. That said, I actually liked the romance, at least intellectually, because Percy and Arsenic fall in love merely by reading together and sometimes having deep conversations about their various overlapping interests. There's no passion there that I ever felt, but there's a deep connection of the truly similar and there's no doubt they'll live happy lives together. It's gener...
  • Karissa
    This is the fourth and final book in the Custard Protocol. It seems like this book wrapped up the stories set in this world. I am very sad to see the end of these characters and this world. I enjoyed this book a ton it was a very fun and entertaining read.In this book our beloved adventurers end up going to Japan to investigate a new type of fox shapeshifter rumored to dwell there. The Custard also needs a new doctor and Percy may have finally fo...
  • Shannon
    Unsurprisingly delightful and lots of sneaky appearances from characters from all the related series made it even more so. I quite enjoyed Arsenic and Persey’s romance and the setting and adventures were quite marvelous in their absurdity. Sad to see a chapter end, but I have high hopes for more wonderful reads from this author.
  • Aaron
    This is my favorite book of the three series. (view spoiler)[Usually, the romance parts of the books are distractions between world building, character building, and adventure. But the Percy-Arsenic story really connected with me. Now to find more stories like that. (hide spoiler)]
  • Natasha
    This book made me “awwww” and squee and laugh. A LOT! I adore this whole world and get lost in it with great pleasure and joy.
  • Caity
    This was such a satisfying end to this series. I once again loved the new setting and characters and loved seeing the growth of already beloved characters.
  • Kathy Davie
    Fourth and last in The Custard Protocol historical fantasy steampunk series (a sequel series to The Finishing School and then The Parasol Protectorate) revolving around the misfit crew of The Spotted Custard. The couple focus is on Prof Percy Tunstell and Dr Arsenic Ruthven.My TakeIt's all about tolerance and acceptance, and I love this comment about that superiority too many people feel about themselves, their country:"We failed even to understa...
  • Leonard
    Reticence marks the end of an era, as Miss Gail Carriger has already stated that there will be no more books in the Parasol Protectorate/Custard Protocol universe. For that alone it deserves the four stars as creating this universe and such a series of books (3 generations of characters!) is no small feat. The rest of this review does have spoilers, so click accordingly. (view spoiler)[Was Reticence Carriger's best book in the series? No, it wasn...
  • Eden
    2019 bk 274. The latest and the greatest from Gail Carriger. The fourth book of The Custard Protocal finds Percy as the focus. This book ties up a lot of loose ends, gives a peek into what happened to those ladies who attended the Finishing School series, and allows Percy to take a great leap in several ways. I enjoyed this book as much as the others, loved the setting. I have to admit I was hoping to learn more of the Peruvian Vampires who suck ...
  • Imogene
    While this final instalment in the latest trilogy had a beautifully brilliant opening, somehow it tapered off into a bit too much meh. It was lovely to see a kind of tying off of loose ends, bringing characters from every one of Carriger's series together. It's also fantastic to see so much queer representation, especially with some lovely trans women. The fantasy Japan setting is a little off-putting, as was book 1's fantasy India. At least we e...
  • Jayme
    All those connections! All those cameos!! Oh, it was such a fun end to the Custard Protocol. I’ll never love it as much as Parasol Protectorate or Finishing School, but thanks to Percy’s installment, who is undoubtedly the character on the Spotted Custard I personally identify with and am fond of most, it’s now in my “repeatedly reread pile,” along with Gail Carriger’s other series. I’m a little sad I’ll never get to read Reticenc...
  • Tani
    Percy's my favorite, so I was very much looking forward to this one. For me, it didn't disappoint. I thought that his romance was utterly adorable, that the trip to Japan was quite fun, and that the series wrapped up in an enjoyable manner. I do kind of wish I'd taken the time to catch up on all of the books from related series, but I think it will also be fun to go back and read them now, so not too big of a regret.
  • Janelle
    This book was a true delight from start to finish. The hero is a charmingly awkward and droll companion, and the heroine is an excellent addition to the crew of the dirigible that gives the name to this series. I appreciate how certain tropes are used in unexpected ways throughout the course of their courtship, and I was very tickled by their version of flirting, which I suspect is not so different from mine. The cast of supporting characters is ...
  • Bob Nadal
    A perfect end to the series. Gail Carriger gives each of the characters we've grown to love the life they need and deserve.
  • Kat Hooper
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  • Beth
    Perfect ending for a lovely series. And I may have snorted laughing more than a few times.
  • Valerie Nadal
    Reticence is such a sweet and satisfying ending to the Parasolverse novels!
  • Courtney
    We added a few new eccentrics to our crew, one I loved, the others were too similar to distinguish between. The audiobook was great as usual, with lots of nuance between voices.Reread: I read kindle edition and could easily tell apart new characters. I loved Percy's POV. He is so funny and uptight. I did miss seeing through Rue, but was happy to get Spoo in exchange. The only thing that was still a mystery to me was the relationship between Tash,...
  • Jane
    Steampunk meets Miss Manners in this delightful series.
  • Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
    4.5 Well that was a delightful read. Percy was adorkable, Arsenic gave Sophronia a run for her money as my favorite Parasolverse female, and the surprise third POV was such fun! I also rather enjoyed the Japanese shifters. Wish there was more to come... The Further Adventures of the Custard Protocol, anyone? Full review to come.
  • Adjectiveplusnoun
    If you enjoy this review, please consider visiting my blog.Reticence is the final book in The Custard Protocol series, and (as far as I’m concerned) confirms the theory that the San Andreas Shifters novels (written under the name GL Carriger because of the genre shift) carries on in the same world, with at least one of the same characters. This gives me hope that perhaps future characters will appear in that world, because I am definitely not r...
  • Booktube Goddess
    I love Gail Carriger's writing. It is whimsical, funny and has one of the strongest voices in literature that I've ever read (that isn't first person). I just don't know how she does it but I absolutely love it. However, if writing were food, then Carriger would be cotton candy. Light, fluffy and overly sweet, not something you could consume in vast quantities or that often.Reticence continues the adventures of the Spotted Custard, an airship cap...
  • Tsana Dolichva
    Reticence by Gail Carriger is the fourth and final book in the Custard Protocol series. I believe it is also the last book (or novel, more accurately) in the entire parasol universe. (A novella or two might still be forthcoming.) It ties up all the loose ends of the Custard Protocol books and also some unexpected loose ends from the Finishing School books.This was, as per usual for Carriger’s books, a fun read. It’s structured in the romance ...
  • Dawn Siemer
    Possibly the best book yetI've read and loved all Carriger's books. This book is one of the tamer adult-oriented ones. I've always liked Percy, and Arsenic is a great addition to the Spotted Custard crew. Carriger's characters are always interesting, and her main characters are usually eccentric. I always feel like I get to meet new people I haven't before when I read her books.This book has a little adventure, a little romance, and a little myst...