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God Save the Queen (Immortal Empire) Hardcover – 3 Jul 2012


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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (3 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316196126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316196123
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,525,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The start of a thrillingly original new urban fantasy series - set in a dark alternate world where the Victorian age never ended --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 10 July 2012
Format: Paperback
When I heard about God Save the Queen, I thought it sounded awesome, so picked it up quite quickly. What I didn't realise was just how awesome this book was going to be!

I don't even know where to start, but I think I should address the description above first, as it's slightly misleading. Other than the fact that this book contains paranormal creatures, there is no magic. And even with the paranormal creatures, that's more down to biology than magic. But to the story. This isn't a story about Queen Victoria, despite what the title suggests. She is a character in the book, but she's not the main character, or even an important secondary character - this book is all about Xandra. Xandra is a halvie - half human, half paranormal creature, in her case, vampire - and is part of the Royal Guard after years of training. She is badass, and she's only 22 - sorry, I mean two and twenty. She is extremely loyal when it comes to her family, so when her younger sister, Dede, goes missing, Xandra is determined to find her. But her sister's whereabouts isn't the only thing she discovers...

I really can't tell you more than that. Right from the very beginning, we're thrust onto a roller-coaster of twists and turns, lies and deceit, and a conspiracy. Something is up, but neither you nor Xandra can work out what they hell is going on. You have no idea who Xandra should trust when she is told something different by each person she meets, when people are holding out on her, and things she thought were so for most of her life turn out to be the complete opposite. What starts off as a search for a loved one ends up becoming a search for the truth on a much larger scale, with political intrigue and questions concerning herself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Outlaw-in-Exile on 5 July 2012
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This book came up on a website as a recommendation - what's not to enjoy? It's lovely and British... it's full of some fantastic alternative universe fantastical ideas... I started reading it and then had to stay up late to read more and find 5 mins here and there.

Personally I hate plot spoilers.. so I'm not writing one of those. But for a light, funny, diverting, thrilling (but not scary scary) read, this is an excellent book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kara-karina (Nocturnal Book Reviews) on 23 July 2012
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Very unusual. I can tell you that straight away.

Most steampunk novels operate in fictional Victorian era. Kate Locke completely turned this notion on its head and instead gave us present steampunk society where Queen Victoria never died and instead became the undead and rules for all eternity.

After the Plague during Victoria's reign the virus slowly turned the aristocrats into vampires and some of them (especially the Scottish variety) into werewolves.

In the present time, London operates as usual, only the aristocrats and the Queen are still ruling. The vampires have some sort of celebrity status, while normal people live no different apart from donating a pint of their blood occasionally and keeping a record of their DNA with state's hospitals so they can be monitored for the virus development.

Of course there is unrest and attempts of revolution which will give people more rights and diminish the rule of aristocracy. There is also a strange destructive drug that allows people to borrow the supernatural strength of those affected by The Plague, but the downside of it, - you burn out pretty quickly. Women wear corsets, phones and computers are adjusted to steampunk aesthetics, etc.

Xandra Vardan is a halvie, who works as a part of Royal Guard protecting the Queen and nobility during official events and ceremonies. She is quite content with her life, until her younger sister goes missing, and a body burned beyond recognition is supposed to be buried in her place.

Xandra investigation uncovers the darkest secrets and makes her question everything she believes in about the order of things and her own origins.

This book is dark and quite brutal. The Pace is breathtaking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Sanderson on 17 Oct. 2012
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I must admit I was sold on buying this book based on the core statement of the Author "Vampires don't sparkle"....

The world that Kate has created is unique, it's not your average world of Vampires skulking in the shadows, and there's no 4000 year old "secret" waiting to
be exposed to the world. There are secrets but they are novel and interesting.

The book moves along at a solid speed, tight and easy to read and while the book is part of an on going series you are not left at the end of the book with
too many open plot threads, everything comes together nicely, leaving just enough to leave you wanting the next book, but not so much that you are left irritated
by where the book has ended.

The characters on the whole are fun and interesting.

My only real negative thought on the book was that the love interest in the book gets a little too much coverage. More intrigue and less love in the next book
in the series please!

If you like alternate history, vampires (who don't sparkle) and intrigue then this is a great book to pick up.
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