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God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire) Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 3, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Immortal Empire Series

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'Fabulous and fun.' (New York Times bestselling author, Keri Arthur )

"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 )

"Rapid-paced action and an original interpretation of goblins (they are not J.K. Rowling's cranky, clever, gold-centric goblins) add much to differentiate Locke's fantasy from the rest of the pack. Fans of urban fantasy who appreciate the supernatural with a side of romanticism will enjoy this." (The Library Journal )

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Kate Locke is a shameless anglophile who wrote her first book at age 12. Fortunately, that book about a British pop band is lost forever. During 'off' hours Kate often screeches along to Rock Band (being a rock star was her second career choice if the writing thing didn't work out), watches BBC America, or plays with makeup. She loves history, the paranormal, horror, and sparkly things. Find out more about Kate Locke atwww.katelocke.com and on twitter @KLockework.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Immortal Empire (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316196126
  • ASIN: B00E8V91R0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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