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Kate Locke
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5 Feb 2013 Immortal Empire (Book 2)

Xandra Vardan is the newly crowned Goblin Queen of England. But her complicated life is by no means over.

There are the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who for some reason wants her head. Not to mention her werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy. Now she's the suspect in a murder investigation - and Xandra barely knows which way is up.

What she does know is that nothing lasts forever - and immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0356501442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501444
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just what the doctor ordered for readers looking for a bit of fun and mayhem (USA Today)

A fresh and wonderful voice to Urban Fantasy (BookThing)

Another fast-paced and witty adventure featuring a heroine feistier than any other, this latest instalment in The Immortal Empire series will leave you laughing out loud (BOOK CHICK CITY)

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The second novel in this thrilling urban fantasy series full of goblins, corsets and undead aristocrats - set in an alternate world where the Victorian age never ended . . .

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first 1 5 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved God save the Queen. The characters were interesting, the plot was action packed and engaging. When I finished it I was eager to read the next installment. Perhaps my expectations were too high, I expected the same kind of novel here as the first 1. What you get instead is a highly watered down version focusing far more on Xandra's incisiveness. Yes I think we can all understand that she has gone through some shocking changes in the first book, but to have a whole book focused on her trying to come to terms with what she frankly seemed to come to terms with at the end of the first book is ridicules.

Nothing truly spectacular happens in this book, Xandra farts around, confirms to the reader that some people who we already knew were bad are defiantly bad. Even her love life which was mildly interesting in the first book annoys in this one. In the first book Vex and Xandra's relationship was new and so the fact that Vex was a relatively unexplored character was forgivable. In this book their relationship has been going on for a few months, but Vex still seems quite bland. He never seems to get angry, no matter how crazy Xandra gets. Maybe it just me, but he seems to perfect to be real.

I'm still going to get the next book when it comes out, but my expectations will be lower. Hopefully in book 3 we will see a return of the arse kicking Xandra from book 1 and not the Xandra from this book who seemed so concerned with public opinion of herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down 9 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback
What a fantastic continuation to a gripping series.

I couldn't put down this London-based steampunk/contemporary/urban fantasy mash-up. Xandy is a heroine whose life is in transition. Happily admitting she doesn't want to deal with all the life changing choices she has, the hunt for her missing brother is the driver of this book.

It's actually refreshing to read a story with a supportive lover, the brilliant and sexy Vex. As Alpha of the werewolves he has his own internal battles to deal with, yet his age gives him the perspective to be supportive without being smothering.

The politics of race, class and bigotry are a timely mirror, though possibly unplanned, to US politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting romp 6 Dec 2013
By Philly
Format:Paperback
I love this original take on fantasy and her kick arse goblin and her plague a handsome werewolf ripping tales and queen Victoria and vampires and half bloods politics and intrigue what more do you want all with a humours twist definitely a trilogy to cheer up a dull winters daym
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really different 7 Sep 2013
By Abi
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A wonderfully unique mix of steam punk and monsters (vamps, werewolves and goblins). I would strongly recommend this series of book
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5.0 out of 5 stars new saga 25 Jun 2013
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contains a brill new world. page-turning plot and good characters.like the use of language and the sub-plots.lots of atmosphere, too
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 27 May 2013
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fantastic storyline, after reading number one in the series I was hooked and downloaded the rest to my Kindle. if you like urban fantasy with a steampunk flavour this is the series to get your teeth into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Empire book 2 24 May 2013
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
God Save the Queen was a fantastic start to Kate Locke's alternate history urban fantasy series so I've been looking forward to getting my hands on The Queen is Dead ever since I first read it. If the stunning covers for this series aren't enough to convince you to read them then the mash up of genres should be, throw in a hint of steampunk, vampires, werewolves and a heroine who has just found out she is the goblin queen and you're definitely onto a winner! Everything I loved about the first book was back again in this 2nd instalment and it's left me desperate to read Long Live the Queen when it publishes in November.

Xandra had quite a shock at the end of the last book when she discovered that she is in fact a goblin rather than the halvie that she always thought she was. The goblins are the most ferocious of the supernatural races and the ones who are most feared by the rest of the population. She has always thought of them as monsters so her world view has taken quite a battering thanks to her newly acquired status as their queen. Not only is she questioning herself and worrying over her new abilities but she also finds that she has become a political pawn that each of the different factions all want to win into their corner, she is going to have to pick her allies wisely though or she'll just end up in an even bigger mess. After everything that Xandra went through in the first book to protect her siblings I have to say I was a bit disappointed in them for abandoning her when she needed their support in return, it's just a good job she had Vex to lean on.
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