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June 27, 2012

Early Review: God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

Series: The Immortal Empire 1
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Excerpt here
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
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
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is an arresting first book to Kate Locke's incredible and unconventional new Steampunk series. From the world building to the Gothic-chic fashion down to the mysteries unlocked, KLocke is relentless and aims to keep you in your seat until you're done with the story. Here she's created a world where vampires and werewolves are the heads of state, Queen Victoria herself is on the 175th year of her reign, but far from sterile these immortal aristocrats have taken procreation down to a science. Goblins too join in the mix, living side by side their plagued relatives, they are the abominable result of mutation carrying both vampire and werewolf genes. These Goblins are predators, feral and terrifying to behold and feared by everyone. They are society's outcasts but though outranked and outclassed, they have a Royal Prince to rule over them and keep them in check. The humans are both prey and protected but powerless over their supernatural counterparts.
Goblins looked a lot like werewolves, only shorter and smaller - wiry. Their faces were a disconcerting mix of canine and humanoid - exactly what you might expect from a walking nightmare [digested].
Alexandra "Xandra" Vardan is a very engrossing heroine, she's loyal to her family, has excellent fashion sense, competent in handling munition and possess keen senses that not even wearing pointy-toed, hourglass-heeled boots can hamper her arse kicking fighting skills. She reveres her father to a fault, seeking his empathy and approval and though she is a middle child, her stubbornness and determination eclipse that of her older brother, Val, earning her the respect of her siblings, Dede and Avery. She IS the mystery of the story, I won't divulge more to avoid spoilers but GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is a pivoting moment for Xandra; betrayed by a man she trusts, beliefs capsized and basically going through major purging. The coming books hold a promise of many more obstacles to come, passionate lovemaking and tearful heartbreaks. 
I'd always been a sucker for a boy with fur. And the MacLaughlin, as he was known, was no boy. 
Vex MacLaughlin, the Scottish Alpha who exudes male and sex and everything you imagine a Scottish werewolf to be, is Xandra's boyfriend. I feel KLocke too was at a lost for words in describing how impressive this man is because she sure did disappointingly skimped on some important details that would've fired up my imagination! In any case, KLocke made it very hard not to love this guy, he's protective of Xandra but he lets her be herself, it's hard NOT to want to be around this guy. Just imagining him talking with an accent, with those crispy consonants and his hard male body is enough to make me swoon! I can almost smell him and in my head he smells like  the forest, musky with a hint of sandalwood and pine. But aside from the ample background given, there's a lot to be discovered about Vex, he is a quiet force that's waiting to be unleashed and my gut is telling me that he will be doing his own brand of mayhem further on in the story.
Can I take you home? Vex to Xandra
Only if you come inside,
Make no mistake, I plan to come inside.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN by Kate Locke (aka Kathryn Smith, Kady Cross, Kate Cross) hit the spot in the right places as far as I'm concerned. The conspiracies KLocke wove into the story were gripping and the way it unfolded left my mouth hanging open in some parts. Xandra's modern family, with siblings shooting from different branches, is interesting and a little challenging to keep up with, The Duke of Vardan and the rest of the ton sure took procreation to heart. However due to the shocking turn of events I feel Xandra's hero worship over her father is coming to a close and her close relationship with her siblings will be put to the test which I'm sure will be dealt with in book two, The Queen is Dead.

As for the conflict-resolution, GOD SAVE THE (Ice)QUEEN's was just but cold. It was a little expected but what I didn't predict was HOW justice will be doled out to the villain. Still, it was a fitting end to a treacherous villain but the events that led to it were heartbreaking and will make even a strong girl like Xandra unravel a little bit.

So if you're into Steampunk, better add this to your library, you won't be disappointed.


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28 comments:

  1. Guess which book was just added to my "Must Read" pile? ..Forget tbr, this one needs to be read SOON! Awesome review Braine, I like the idea of vamps and weres ruling whilst there's humans and goblins fighting for survival. And I love that it's set in Britain. Different setting :P

    Neyra @DarkestAddictions

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    1. Yes! Then I'll wait for your review so I can compare highlights with you. I call dibs on Vex! LOL

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    2. Hey! No fair >.< I need to get a feel for him first ;) Lmao! I'll be able to get it next week, so hopefully then I can review it as well :D

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    3. LOL I promise you'll at least like the man. Cool! I can fangirl over Vex with you

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  2. Fantastic review, Braine! I've been dying to read this book ever since I found out about it, and you've completely convinced me that I won't be disappointed! It sounds like there is a lot going on in the book, and a hot Scottish man certainly adds to the allure. ;)

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    1. Yes, please do! I think it's still up in NG and Edelweiss. Vex is melt-in-your-mouth hot!

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  3. I love reading your review. I came across this book on somebody's wishlist but I bypassed it. After reading this review it sounds really excited and I do love a sexy, Scottish character. ;)
    I've been meaning to explore the steampunk genre more so this seems like a good book to add to my to be read list.

    Isa @ Chasing Quills

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    1. If you're undecided, Amazon has a free sampler for this, it's the first four chapters of the book so if you like you can read that first and see if you connect with the story or not.

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  4. Oh yay!! So happy you loved this one!!!

    Awesome review!!! Yes, I want to read this one too, I was so sad that the three of us couldn't coordinate our schedules for this one buys next time!!!;) Your review has me very sad I missed this one!!!;) lol <3

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    1. I think the universe is telling us that you, Cimmaron & I should do a threesome on a sexy read instead of a wholesome Steampunk book.

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  5. Great review- I will have to check this one out. Steampunk is amazing and while I am iffy about the werewolf part if the guy is as swoon worthy as you say he is then I will have to check. I will ad this to my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. They have a FREE sampler at Amazon for this, it has the first four chapters of the book I think, you might want to get that so you can decide if this book is for you or not.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. Good review. I haven't heard of this book, but it's going in my TBR list. The cover is gorgeous!

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    1. It IS a great book and the story is as gorgeous as the cover.

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  7. Wow, I absolutely LOVE the sound of this one! The cover is so gorgeous -- I would definitely wear what the model has on if my mom ever let me LOL -- and steampunk has always been one of my favourite genres! Your description of Vex made me laugh and blush a little x) With his Scottish accent, he sure sounds like the bomb!

    Amazing review, Braine! I can tell how much you love this book, and there's no way I can say I'm NOT intrigued! ;) <3

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    1. You can try on Halloween! Don't worry about Vex, he will make you blush but not for the raunchy reasons, him & Xandra are PG-13 on this one so you'll be fine.

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  8. Great review. I love Steampunk so I've already added God Save the Queen to my wish list, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  9. This sounds FABULOUS! I love betrayal in books, almost as much as I love tortured characters. I'm going to get on this book right away!

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    1. I think Cat is either reading it or have already read it, I'm waiting for her review as well. I really loved it, I hope you'll do too once you get to it.

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  10. I am so excited to read this one! I love that it's got a mix of different paranormals, not to mention a scottish werewolf! And I absolutely adore the cover :0)

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  11. Oh you had me at "Gothic-chic fashion".....say no more....I AM SOLD! *LOL* Great review. I have got to check this out.

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