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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061976016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061976018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Add Queen Victoria to the rapidly growing coterie of classic and historical characters forced to battle supernatural evil (see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, etc.), as pseudonymous author Moorat combines Victorian manners, gallows humor and grindhouse gore into a satisfying historical adventure. After ascending to the throne, 18-year-old Victoria has her hands full with matters of state and the heart; when she learns of a clandestine war between humans and demons, however, Victoria's responsibility to protect the Empire takes on violent, visceral dimensions. With help from a Scooby Gang of rough-and-tumble warriors known as the Protektorate, the self-possessed young monarch must battle demons (a catch-all category including werewolves, zombies and many others), quell a brewing insurrection and protect her beloved Prince Albert, all while maintaining her royal decorum and a stiff upper lip. Moorat infuses his tale with enough bravura and over-the-top action to lift it above a horde of similar projects; readers able to stomach the deliriously bloody goings-on will find plenty to enjoy. END

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“[T]he effect is that of a lost Gilbert and Sullivan operetta written under the influence of opium, absinthe and black pudding.” (Washington Post)

“Wildly entertaining . . . Moorat’s story rises above mere gimmick.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Moorat infuses his tale with enough bravura and over-the-top action to lift it above a horde of similar projects; readers able to stomach the deliriously bloody goings-on will find plenty to enjoy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Customer Reviews

Yeah, I'm going to say it: We are not amused.
E. A Solinas
At almost 400 pages, I didn't find the book overly long, and truth be told I wouldn't have minded another 50-100 pages.
Xina143
It's not exactly a mash-up, though; it's more like a historical fantasy novel with flashes of humor.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Xina143 VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
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This book doesn't set out to educate us on Queen Victoria, though from what little research I did, some of this book is indeed historically accurate, no this book has one purpose...to entertain. And if I am being honest, I was thoroughly entertained!

At almost 400 pages, I didn't find the book overly long, and truth be told I wouldn't have minded another 50-100 pages. From the beginning we are told that demons exist among us, some pass as humans and even develop human emotions, some are more forthcoming with who and what they are. And some demons are actually humans, but then if you live in the real world you already know that. We are told that Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert are to sire an heir to the throne, a descendant of the demon Baal, but we know that there is more to the royal couple than meets the eye. Along the way, we meet the Queen's loyal Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, and we can see the fatherly feelings he has towards the queen. We meet Maggie Brown the Royal "protector" and her soldiers-Hudson, HIcks and Vasquez (yes, if you are a fan of Aliens like I am this will give you pause and a bit of a laugh), but it is the Queen that takes center stage as she should.

I can only assume that the author, A.E.Moorat is an Alien fan. Aside from the names of the 'grunts' charged with protecting the queen, Moorat's Victoria bears more than a passing resemblance to Weaver's Ellen Ripley. If this was deliberate, I enjoyed the 'joke' as it were, if not...well, I won't speculate that and will assume the author knew what he was doing. (though I did look at the author's website and no mention of Aliens...sooo...) The author did a good job writing of a strong, determined woman. One that realizes her destiny isn't necessarily carved in stone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schiefelbein VINE VOICE on January 25, 2010
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Count me as one of the many readers who recently devoured the guilty pleasure that is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." And so while I know very little about England's Queen Victoria, I could not resist diving into "Queen Victoria: Demon Killer." I must conclude that while "QVDK" splashes considerably more blood on the stage than "PPZ," ultimately Victoria does not emerge as the book's most intriguing character.

More on that in a moment. The background for this story is simple: the book opens with Victoria about to become queen, but queen of an England full of zombies, demons, and other dark magic. Certain real historical figures are in actuality demons, working to bring about their own form of hereditary rule over Britain. All that seems to stand in their way is Victoria and her team, including the exquisite assassin and Protektor, Maggie Brown. Along the way, we see that Victoria is no slouch with a blade and keeps her own dark secrets, which may in fact be unknown even to her.

What ensues is a fairly conventional tale of the supernatural, although chock full with entertainingly gory scenes. Rats are used to great effect, and zombies get to wreak delightful havoc in Parliament.

But the most enjoyable character, by far, is the "noble" Quimby. We first meet this nasty piece of business as he is hosting a party, only to learn to his chagrin that "the zombies are eating the prostitutes." Quimby is the kind of guy who will use his manservant Perkins as a human shield against the zombies, only to re-press Perkins into service when the poor sap reanimates.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2010
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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.
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