“It's no good choosing your first husband from a school for evil geniuses. Much too difficult to kill.”
Reading E&E was pure fun. The mystery of the prototype was secondary (or is that octonary?) to introducing the world and characters, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of Carriger's humor. She always manages to make me laugh. While E & E is set in the same universe as the Parasol Protectorate and it was quite nice to see some favorite characters in their earlier years, it is not necessary to have read the previous series. If you are in search of a lighthearted read and you enjoy steampunk, I would suggest you give this book a try.
I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.