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Book 4 in  Series

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 New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

Percy is off to Japan, but will Japan survive Percy?

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and friends are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he’d never admit that he belongs among them.

Percy has always been on the outside – dispassionate, aloof, and hatless.

But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life. Except hats.

He’s done with hats. Thank you very much.

Author Note:

Yes Gentle Reader, Reticence is the final book in the Custard Protocol series. It takes place after events in Competence and contemporaneous with those in How to Marry a Werewolf.

The Spotted Custard crew is back for one last rollicking adventure! Watch me tie up all those loose threads. Look out for appearances from beloved Parasolverse characters (and some less beloved) and learn everyone’s secrets… the hard way.

Percy, of course, could care less.

Or could he?

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This one is absolutely and utterly for YOU, Gentle Reader. Gear up, you’re in for a particularly puffy final float! You have been warned. Why am I ending it?

Are you outside the USA or Canada?

Reticence free download UK Cover

Amazon UK Digital & Print | DE | FR | AU 

Kobo UK | DE | FR | AU 

Apple will come after release (hopefully).

Can’t find it? However you got Competence you should be able to get Reticence. Unless you go it directly from me, that’s not an option anymore because Gumroad stopped supporting the right distribution.

For print, your local bookstore should be able to get it for you, ask them to: “Order it from Ingram.”

If you’d like a signed/personalized copy of the USA print edition or the AUDIOBOOK ON CD please email Borderlands using the SIGNED button to the left. They will ship anywhere in the world.

This book has a different cover overseas. Here’s why. Concerned about anything to do with the two different editions? Gail did a video for you!


Reticence was an Amazon, Locus, and #1 Borderlands bestseller.

Praise for Reticence

“Carriger’s prose is playful and droll, with frequent laugh-worthy moments, tongue-in-cheek humor, and sparkling repartee.”

Publisher's Weekly

“Beautiful descriptions of Edo’s floating Paper City and other Japanese-inspired traditions adds to Carriger’s already richly built world. One of the biggest draws of Carriger’s steampunk travelogues is the writing style, and she again delivers witty dialogue and amusing internal monologues. This may be Carriger’s final Custard Protocol novel, but hopefully we’ll see more adventures set in her much-beloved, neo-Victorian setting. ”


“This charming conclusion to the Custard Protocol steampunk series (following 2018’s Competence) sees the unorthodox crew of the good airship Spotted Custard taking on a new ship’s doctor before setting forth for Japan to investigate rumors of unknown shapeshifters.”

Publisher's Weekly

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