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God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Locke
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.


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A fabulous and fun read -- Keri Arthur A hilarious OTT steampunk vampire mash-up The Big Issue God Save the Queen is a fresh, witty, and darkly beautiful ride through a London ruled by a vampire Queen Victoria. Carried along by enchanting Alexandra Vardan you'll enjoy every minute of adventure and mystery. Philippa Ballantine A fantastic ride Gail Dayton If you like Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, you enjoy urban fantasy and kick-ass heroines, with a slathering of steampunk, this is the book for you Novels on the Run A great romp through alternate London, a fun and exciting read that's hard to put down ... Seriously, I loved this book and had a hard time formulating a review that was more than "crazy good shit" and "this books kicks ass." ... I can't wait for book 2 to see what happens to Xandra next. Can't I have it now? Steamed! A fantastic debut by Kate Locke and I highly recommend it! A fresh and wonderful voice to Urban Fantasy BookThing

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"A fantastic ride."
(Gail Dayton )

"God Save the Queen is a fresh, witty, and darkly beautiful ride through a London ruled by a vampire Queen Victoria. Carried along by enchanting Alexandra Vardan you'll enjoy every minute of adventure and mystery. " (Philippa Ballantine )

"Delightfully hard-boiled attitude... this is a fun adventure all round." (Locus )

Product Details

  • File Size: 2183 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UKH9F4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars God Save Us From MarySues August 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover
The awesome tagline "Keep calm and pray for dawn" is a tease- promising a slam-bang hell-ride of a story but GSTQ fails to fully deliver on the goods.

The backstory is similar to the Underworld franchise, where paranormals emerged from a viral strain instead of magic. Here we have the Prometheus Plague- a mutagenic virus whose effects, as the name implies, change the course of human development, giving rise to vampires, werewolves and goblins. It's Queen Victoria's transformation into a vampire that both alters the balance of power and stunts the development of Western Civilization. To keep the new aristocracy (vampires) at the top of the pile, they begin breeding with humans and producing 'halvies', turning them into their own version of MI5 and a buffer against the teeming masses of humanity. Here we meet Alexandra (Xandra) Vardan, a halvie, who along with her siblings, serve Queen and Country with a vigor that would do James Bond proud. But as a high society scandal involving one of their sisters begins spiraling out of control, Xandra's investigation of the matter sets her to unraveling secrets and conspiracies best left alone. And the poor girl herself's at the core of them.

Steampunk versions of modern technology are the order of the day, making everything old new again. It's a fun twist on an oversaturated genre, but that's where the fun ends.

The big problem with UF/PNR is the MarySue Effect: where the story pretty much revolves around the main character's rear end and this one's no different. No matter what powerful, influential characters inhabit the world it's still all about HER- the relative nobody who'll somehow end up controlling the fates of everyone simply because of their very existence (hint, hint).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By keira
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although this series is marked as steampunk, "God Save the Queen" reads more along the lines of a mash up between steampunk and urban fantasy.

Xandra, the protagonist, is a halvie, a half-vampire with noble blood on her paternal side. She lives in a world where Queen Victoria of England still lives and prospers as a vamp; where the date is 2012 yet the cars and dress are still old fashioned; where werewolves and vampires make up the aristocracy, plagued with mutated blood thanks to the Black Death; where goblins creep through the sewers of London, snatching children and dragging them back into the dark depths.

Xandra's world is turned upside down when her youngest sister, Dede, disappears and Xandra fights tooth and nail to get her back, risking everything and shoving past her own fears. Little does she realize, her problems are a lot more complex, more dark than just one missing sibling. Her search leads her to much more than she'd bargained, questioning Xandra's fierce loyalty to her Queen and those that have raised her. Conspiracies. Traitors. Science Experiments. Deception. Nothing is as it seems.

I loved this book. Admittedly, not enough to give it five stars (Though that may be because I never had time to sit and have long reads, just having to keep snatching little bits. Always takes away from the read.), but certainly enough to continue the series.

What really drives this story is Xandra. She's fiercely loyal, with an inherent sense of honor and familial bonds. Everything she knows is doubted, and yet she stays strong, keeps fighting, doesn't cave. She makes sacrifices, is forced to come to terms with terrors of her past, and she comes out better for it. Oh, and she has a nice dosage of spunk. Always good to keep things lively.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay... August 16, 2012
By Amanda
Format:Hardcover
The undead seem to be in right now. Not just the undead, but in another vine Victorian-period steampunk novels are becoming popular these days. And, strangely enough, I've found that I enjoy the steampunk elements -plus, it's hard for me to say no to an alternative Victorian history. Thus, the oh-so-fun looking God Save the Queen seemed like the perfect fit for me.

In an alternative version of England, Queen Victoria continues to rule 100 years later as an immortal. The aristocracy is immortal -werewolves, vampires and the such -and humans are left to live in fear of the nobles and a horrible plague. Young Xandra is a member of the Royal Guard and her duty in life is to protect the nobility -to the death. Yet, as Xandra digs deeper into the mysterious murder of her sister, she finds a conspiracy hidden in the depths of the London underworld that could bring down Victoria and the empire.

On paper, God Save the Queen seemed like a fun and fairly carefree book. I was expecting humorous dialog, fun moments and a fairly frothy plot. There was some of this in here -plus a good dose of the paranormal and the undead -but this just didn't hold up for me as the book went out. It didn't stay fun, the humor and witty dialog seemed to completely disappear and the plot became strangely...serious. This may seem somewhat uncharacteristic for me, but I was expecting this to be a light and fun read, but it just wasn't frothy enough.

I was also a little disappointing with the setting. The book promised a paranormal-driven novel with heavy Victorian steampunk elements, but the setting frequently seemed distant -hard to find sometimes. I was also unhappy with the heavy use of the vampire elements -I thought there was going to be more here than just that, but (and I don't know about you) I'm sick of vampires.

Overall, a decent book that started out okay, but didn't hold up as the story went on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars fun steam-punk/urban fantasy
Solid urban fantasy. Enjoyable and unpredictable this was fun but I didn't really feel for the characters. More of a part one than a stand alone novel.
Published 5 days ago by lizliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series!
Published 23 days ago by Janette Roberts-Mahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book was really excellent. The world, the characters, the plot and the shock factor all came together to form one heck of a book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars She's so spicy
It's awesome I really enjoy the tale and characters it pulls me in not hard to imagine what's going on
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This Has Solidified My Love For Steampunk Stories
I was really intrigued and excited about the action and character interactions in this book. This book contained so many angles and shock factors that it was an easy choice to go... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leona (Literary Treasure Chest)
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing Steampunk Tale
This is one of the first Steampunk stories I've read as I usually prefer Urban Fantasy novels that are set in a world closer to our own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Nygren
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk fashion with an urban fantasy flair.
I am going to start by admitting that I have absolutely no idea where I first ran across this series. But some how it popping back up to my notice. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Musings & Ramblings
3.0 out of 5 stars Parts of this one fal flat
I'm not really sure about this book. It had the potential to be good, and it certainly had its moments. There were several big problems though. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tamara Greer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
I enjoyed this book enough to purchase the next two. Its fun for anyone who enjoys quirky humor, vampires and werewolves, steam punk, a tad of mystery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michele
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing goblins
Queen Victoria is celebrating her 175th year of reign in an alternate Britain where vampires and werewolves are the elite class, and where goblins terrorize underground. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue Heraper
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