A book about the politics involved in being the reigning monarch in England while a demon horde ravages the lands and vies for the throne just sounds like Full of Win. Unfortunately (or not) as I read the novel, I found that it paced like a SyFy movie just developed a little more.
The book jacket promises a story about a newly crowned queen who receives an arsenal of demon hunting weapons in addition to her crown and scepter. Not exactly true. I would describe the book as a conspiracy thriller. The book actually follows the Queen as circumstances lead her to become a demon hunting monarch and mother of two.
A sequel to this books would undoubtedly chronicle her blood and gory exploits during her reign but this novel did not. This is not to write that there were routine descriptions of death, flesh eating, bloody katanas, and other atrocities. On the contrary, the author describes gruesome scenes with vivid imagery, ingenious quips, and evil villains all with a dash of romance.
The characters to note are Phillip, Victoria, Maggie, Melbourne, and Quimby. Quimby provides the comedy in the story. Maggie moves the action along. The evolving relationships between Melbourn and Victoria and Phillip and Victoria provide both conflict and intrigue. The evolution of Victoria's character from third in line to the throne to a demon hunter is really slow. Even so, the book could have added another 100 pages or so to the second gorier half and I would have been perfectly pleased. Perfect scene staging for a Saturday night movie.
You should read this book if you like action, plot twists, zombies, coach chases, hand to paw combat, monster rats, demonology, visits to the lunatic asylum, and discussing the role of state sanctioned torture for political prisoners.