The Immortal Empire: God Save The Queen
Author: Kate Locke
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Format: Hard Cover
Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition
Release Date: July 3, 2012
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Kate Locke took a catastrophic historical event and flipped it on its head, ultimately creating one of the most intriguing explanations of origins for vampirism, were-infection and the existence of goblins that I have ever read. Her characters have distinct personalities that shine and she respects the past in a way that made her able to bring it to the future.
[note color=”#f9becb”]SYNOPSIS: 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 being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.
THE LOWDOWN: God Save The Queen took me a few chapters to really get into but once I was hooked I couldn’t put it down. Locke did a wonderful job molding her characters, especially Xandra and Church. Xandra is a thoroughly kick-ass female lead whose personality swells throughout the novel with a graceful gradual maturity.
And oh my did she pick the best era and icon to recreate in her series, Queen Victoria was not only one of the most famous British monarchs but was symbol of what it meant to “BE” British during her reign. The way Locke was able to incorporate the essence of the Victorian era into a modern novel was flawless. She kept iconic social images and customs of the time, hurdling them into a modern world built around fantasy. Speaking of which, there have been many writers that have made vampirism, were-infections, and even goblin’s existence a circumstance of disease. Thankfully, Locke pushed the concept so much further. Turning to the Black Plague for inspiration, which was genius. I won’t give too much away, but when a book takes such a catastrophic event and turns it into a metaphor for social inequality that over time morphs the boundaries of reality, it’s doing something right.
Vampires have been done, and done again, and again. It is super refreshing to find a new take, something twisted and different. This book was a great start to a series that promised lots of turns and even some supernatural chaos. I can’t wait to read more and neither should you. Seriously, pick this book up and join in the fun.