Title: God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1)
Author: Kate Locke
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Steampunk; Alternate History
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Acquired: Amazon Purchase
Date Finished: January 18, 2015
Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.
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.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I wanted to. There is something about Steampunk that draws me, but I have yet to find a really great steampunk book. The steampunky bits in this one seemed contrived and they detracted rather than added to the storyline. The alternate-history part of the story interested me much more! This is a world where royalty has been infected by The Plague (which basically means they’re undead), Queen Victoria is still on the throne, and Goblins rule the underground. There were vampires, goblins and werewolves galore, as well as a bad-ass lead character and conspiracies, but something just didn’t click for me.
What Worked: The alternative-history, the plot, the pacing, and the goblins (nice addition).
What Didn’t: The steampunk slant, the romance, and the heroine (too bad-ass and not realistic).
I think there was just too much going on in this book. It was not horrible, but it was such a hodge-podge, it kept any one part from excelling.
If you like urban fantasy, you’ll probably like this. It’s different from a lot of UF I’ve read. If you are really into Steampunk, skip this one. There were not enough steampunky bits to sink your teeth into.