Thursday, 22 November 2012

Review: God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

Title: God Save The Queen

Author: Kate Locke
Publisher: Orbit
Published: July 2012
ISBN: 978 0356501437

Rating: 5/5 with merits

First off, I adore the cover on this!  The character on the front has an outlandish steampunk/goth mash up which made this book stand out and beg me to start reading.  Throughout the pages, as on the front; there is a silhouetted skull complete with its own crown – very fun and funky.

I thoroughly enjoyed the spin on the Queen’s Jubilee, as this published around the celebrations for that in the UK.  It is an unusual book in that Steampunk is normally a futuristic concept with Victorian elements; this is spun on its head as Queen Victoria never died (infact she is undead and rules for eternity) .

Xandra’s character is a butt kicking Royal Guard whos world tilts and turns completely upside down.  I loved all the intrigue; the huge plot twists which made this a story I couldn’t put down.  The conspiracies in this are brilliantly told and the story is past faced.

One of my favourite characters is Vex – charming and everything Xandra needs; even if he is a wolf!  Xandra’s unofficial Uncle, Churchill, is a fascinating character.  I won’t go into detail about his character as that would contain too many spoilers.

God Save the Queen is a refreshing must-read.  Kate Locke is on my Author hit list now, as I definitely want to read more from her. 

Book 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 and Pax Britannia still reigns.

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.

Source – Many thanks to the publisher, a copy was received in return for an honest review.

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