GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (The Immortal Empire #1)
by Kate Locke

PUBLISHER: Orbit
RELEASE DATE: 3rd July 2012
FORMAT: Paperback, 354 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

London, present day – and Queen Victoria still rules with an immortal fist. She’s 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 technology lives side by side with magic, where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side effects include undeath) and Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it’s her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But things get complicated when her sister goes missing. Xandra will not only realise she’s the prize in a dangerous power struggle – but she’ll also uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire itself. (Goodreads) 

REVIEWER: Rebecca

As soon as I read the opening author’s note of GOD SAVE THE QUEEN by Kate Locke and saw the words ‘vampires don’t sparkle’, I knew I’d fall in love with this book and I was barely able to put it down.

It begins with half-blood Alexandra Vardan entering the underground den of London’s goblins, desperately seeking news of her sister’s whereabouts. The fact that she has gone to the goblins shows her desperation, as the goblins are the outcasts of Queen Victoria’s society, as they are vicious enough to rip an aristocrat or human to death.

The aristocrats are full-blooded werewolves or vampires, who reign over the humans and use their half-blooded offspring for protection. They are ruled by Queen Victoria, the first vampire monarch who has ruled the British Empire for 175 years. However, the mutated vampire and werewolf genes are unpredictable, with not everyone being able to produce half-bloods despite trying their hardest to reproduce. This makes half-blood gene patterns an interesting scientific study area, which will play an important role later on in the novel.

As for Xandra, her search for her sister leads her to Bedlam Asylum, the only place that scares her as her mother had been sent there before she disappeared. She finds out that her sister has supposedly committed suicide, which the rest of her family are quick to believe but Xandra refuses to believe it and is determined to go to any lengths to find out the truth.

My sister was essentially in hell and goblins felt sorry for me. As far as I was concerned, things couldn’t get much worse.

She confides in her old fighting instructor, Churchill, whom she trusts more than anyone else despite the fact that he obviously treats her more favourably than his other students. Others are doubtful of his preference for her, making the reader doubt how trustworthy he is, willing Xandra not to confide too much in him.

Then there is alpha werewolf Vexation MacLoughlin, who mysteriously turns up on a multitude of occasions before actually interacting with Xandra in a bar. She has always had a crush on him and inevitably ends up going home with him, with Vex then wanting to have a larger role in her life than just a one night stand. Can Vex be trusted, or is he also involved in some kind of conspiracy?

There is no other word that I can accurately use to describe Xandra other than sassy. She was strong, independent, and really knew her own mind. Her confidence exuded from the pages in abundance and I loved reading from her perspective. It was also interesting to see her emotions as the mystery further developed, particularly when her family history was called into question. She is fiercely protective of her siblings, and is very capable in a fight, having been the top student at her training academy.

I will briefly mention Vex as Xandra’s love interest, as he was a very powerful man in the aristocracy and I liked how he wanted to protect her, but at the same time knew when to keep his distance. However, I had a problem with the instantaneous romance that seemed to blossom after their one night stand, as it didn’t feel developed enough for him to take such an interest in her.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN had a great plotline as the book went on, as I was doubtful about how the disappearance of Xandra’s sister would develop, but the book kept throwing surprises in my direction. There were unexpected plot developments throughout, and I loved how the book ended, as the necessary loose ends were tied up so as not to make the book too much of a cliff-hanger. Needless to say I’m excited for book two!

VERDICT:

I absolutely loved this book, and found the author’s writing style to be witty, with humour laced throughout. The heroine was strong and sassy, and really stands up for herself when faced with any adversity. This book had some clever plot twists that kept me hooked and I’m really excited for book two!

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KATE LOCKE ONLINE
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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. God Save the Queen
  2. The Queen is Dead

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Rebecca

A book-loving student, currently studying English at university, whose favourite genres vary from crime to paranormal to romance! Slightly obsessed about books, will extensively spend time making sure no spines or pages are creased before purchasing.

19 Comments


@Betwixt_ September 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Great review, really helped me decide to get it! RT @BookChickCity: REVIEW: God Save the Queen by Kate Locke http://t.co/RoUeW5Wz

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thank you so much! I really hope you enjoy it, it’s a great book! :D

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Gemma September 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Great Review, Rebecca!

I have this book on my TBR pile. It sounds like a good read, but not without its faults. Thanks for the heads up.

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thanks Gem! :D

It’s a great book, make sure you pick it up sometime soon!

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Danielle Reads Books September 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I just picked this book up yesterday recommended by the store employee. I am starting it today. Thanks for the review.

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

I really hope you enjoy it! :)

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Adina September 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Great review. God Save the Queen has be languishing in my TBR pile. Perhaps I’ll dig it out today.

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thank you! You definitely should! :D

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Ciuva September 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Great review! I haven’t heard of the book before, but I’ll definitely put it on my TBR list. The words “Queen Victoria”, “vampires” and “werewolves” in the same sentence generally is a sign that I’ll like it, but if it has a good plot too I’ll definitely have to check it out.

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thank you! The book is brilliant, and if you love anything with Victoria (like I do) then you’ll love this! :)

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Carolyn September 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I really want to read this one, and I love the cover too. Great review as always, Rebecca! x

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thanks Carolyn! :D
I love the cover so much, have you seen the cover for book two? It’s just as beautiful!

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Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books September 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Great review! I love this book so much too and cannot wait for the second to come out. Think I might need to pre-order this one. ;)

Also, I hope you don’t mind but I linked back to your review in my review of this book since I’ve been trying to link up to amazing reviews of books I loved.

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

Thank you so much! I don’t mind at all, thank you for the link! :D

I also loved this book, and have you seen the cover for book two? I need to pre-order just based on that beautiful thing! :D

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@snowdropdreams September 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

GREAT REVIEW: God Save the Queen by Kate Locke – http://t.co/cwUKfOtm via @BookChickCity LOVED THIS BOOK TOO!

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Elizabeth@Nightmare on Bookstreet September 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Ooh I haven’t heard of this book, but it’s sounds great! I’ll have to chchcheck it out!

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

It’s a brilliant book, I hope you enjoy it if you do check it out! :)

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Ashley Prince September 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I really want to read this one! It sounds so wonderful. I am digging the cover of this book too.

Great review.

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Rebecca September 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

Thank you!
I agree, the cover is beautiful, and I hope you enjoy this book if you do decide to read it, I really loved it! :)

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