I can firmly blame my friend Kirsty for getting me into Gail Carriger’s books. It started with Soulless from the Parasol Protectorate series and pretty much exploded out from there as I motored through all her other books as fast as I could get my greedy mitts on them.
Why do I love her books? To put it simply: werewolves and vampires in high society, with a hefty slice of humour, intrigue and treacle tart.
All the books are such fun reads. Genuinely fun reads. Sure, there’s the odd dip here and there, but on the whole, they’re just so much fun.
And yes, I realise that I’ve now said the word fun three times.
How many books are there?
At present, there’s three series that take place within the same universe. If you read by the release dates it’s the Parasol Protectorate series first, then the Finishing School and now the Custard Protocol series.
Chronologically it goes:
1) The Finishing School series (four books)
2) The Parasol Protectorate series (five books, plus a short story)
3) The Custard Protocol series (one book – so far!)
Who are they for?
Technically speaking, the Finishing School series is for young adults and the other series are for adults, and you can definitely enjoy one series without reading the other. But! It does add a certain something to the reading experience to get all these little snippets of backstory and character building if you read them all.
As a fan, I say READ THEM ALL!! Perhaps with a slice of treacle tart and a cup of tea on hand.