God Save The Queen by Kate LockeGod Save The Queen by Kate Locke

God Save The Queen

byKate Locke

Hardcover | July 3, 2012

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The first in an alternate fantasy series where vampires, werewolves, and goblins rule London.

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch presides over 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. It's a world where the nobility are 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.

The fantastic start to The Immortal Empire series that continues with the spectacular undead books, The Queen is Dead and Long Live the Queen.

The Immortal Empire
God Save the Queen
The Queen is Dead
Long Live the Queen

Kate Locke is a shameless anglophile who wrote her first book at age 12. Fortunately, that book about a British pop band is lost forever. During 'off' hours Kate spends time caressing her collection of Fluevogs, watches BBC America, or plays with makeup. She loves history, the paranormal, horror, and sparkly things.
Title:God Save The QueenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 1.25 inPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316196126

ISBN - 13:9780316196123

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from God save the Queen First in a trilogy of steam punk books, different back story than most steam punk stories, but I thought it was brill. Nice and British, set in modern day London. The three stories are all wonderfully linked together with lots of twists and surprises to keep you glued to your page. A believable romantic arc throughout the stories, there is some "bedroom" scenes, but nothing graphic. The main character is likeable and told from her perspective. Hard to say much more without any spoilers, I enjoyed the trilogy so much I read them all in 3 days and am Already rereading them! Highly recommended. It was great to read a steam punk book set in modern day London (although not the London we know and love) but one where history veered off into another direction about 300 or so years ago.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read for steampunk and urban fantasy fans This is one kick ass, action filled novel in a unique setting. At one point the novel says "thinking did nothing. Action was the only thing that would truly yield results" (p. 179). I think this is basically the mantra of this story and I loved it as a resuly. If there is one thing Kate Locke does really well is write action scenes. Every kick, duck, punch and jab. She captures it all. Scenes go by in a whirlwind, but a whirlwind you can picture perfectly in your mind. In addition to the action I am in love with all of the main characters. They're witty, thoughtful and just plain interesting. I was particular attached to Xandra, our heroine of the story. Although heroine may not be the ideal word. She's by no means a perfect person, she's got a temper and is not afraid of letting it take over. It was refreshing to see a character that wasn't idealized. Flawed characters are just so much more fun. And I am extremely jealous that Xandra gets to eat all the food. I wish I could eat like she does! So we've got an amazing main character and some thrilling action scenes. But my praise for this book doesn't stop there. To me the brilliance of the book is all the little details. To me these details make all the difference. They turn a fun story into a great book. Some things were silly (in a good way) - like the inclusion of Mr Jones, an alternate future Doctor Who, others I found more significant. Like the inclusion of a lesbian couple, Avery and Emma. And then there was the slang. Normally have a hard time with British slang (or just slang in general) but Locke slipped it in seamlessly, I never felt like I was in over my head. God Save the Queen is a fabulous novel that hits all the right notes. It's funny, it's pulse pounding, it makes you want to keep reading late in the night. It even touches on some deep issues like responsibility, family, and class dynamics. There's a lot to this novel if you give it a chance. And you should give it a chance. Final recommendation: A must read for any steampunk and urban fantasy fans. Also recommended for fans of Kate Locke's (Kady Cross) YA series The Steampunk Chronicles. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love steampunk, kickbutt chicks, and freaky creatures that just might keep you up at night? God Save the Queen - the only instance in which I've ever read an entire novel in a silly little imaginary cockney accent. That aside though, I have to say that this novel was absolutely brilliant. Filled with steampunkish goodness, futuristic slang, and sheer badassery, God Save the Queen by Kate Locke was an adorable little hardcover filled with surprise. Readers aware of pseudonyms will know that author Kate Locke is the one and the same Kathryn Smith aka Kady Cross, author of most widely known titles like the Brotherhood of Blood series, The Girl in the Steel Corset, and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. With that said, I was quite excited to read her latest God Save the Queen, a unique and fast paced story that takes place in a 2012 London completely different than that of our own. In this London, things are ruled with an immortal iron fist - literally. Protagonist Xandra is forced to live/survive in a world where Goblins lurk around every corner and an early death is an almost certain thing. This, of course, is where Kate's unique spin comes into effect, introducing a monarchy that is both sinister and intriguing, and unleashing a badass character that at the same time was weak but unbelievably brave and determined. The language in God Save the Queen was a tad difficult for me to swallow at first, that being I don't typically read titles with such strong language. Even so, it never succeeded in taking away from the story. In fact, I was successfully pulled into the story from page one and was immediately completely entranced by the story of Xandra, a girl who regrettably was raised in a world we'll, perhaps, never quite fully understand. Additionally, living to it's given steampunkish genre, God Save the Queen was full of insane action, suspense, and wicked gadgetry that would make the most epic of kick-ass females envious. Love steampunk, kickbutt chicks, and freaky creatures that just might keep you up at night? Then God Save the Queen by Kate Locke is just the read for you!
Date published: 2012-07-16

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"Will leave readers breathless."-Cleveland Plain Dealer