Monday, July 16, 2012

God Save the Queen: By Kate Locke



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.


They say don’t judge a book by its cover but in the case of God Save the Queen, you can bet the book is as awesome as the cover and design of the book is.
The book is a mini-hardcover. It is light and portable yet still maintains the attractiveness and slightly more durable nature of a hardcover. Also besides that little bit of fun facts the cover art is pretty awesome, making God Save the Queen at least LOOK really cool.

But enough about how it looks, here’s the scoop on the actual subject matter of this book. God Save the Queen is a book that fans of Jaye Wells or Patricia Briggs will absolutely devour. Locke does a fantastic job creating engaging and exciting characters. Xandra reminded me a lot of Sabrina Kane from Jaye Well’s series. She is tough, sexy, and dangerous. Of course besides Xandra who I really liked as a character, I alos really liked the Goblin Prince. Readers will get a chance to see the progression of how the Goblins are perceived throughout the book. Their transformation in the eyes of certain characters is riveting, and since he has the most lines of all the goblins my favorite therefore is the Goblin Prince. He is deep, complex, and despised, a really interesting combination.

The thing is, there wasn’t a particular character I was wishing I had more of. Church, Xandra, Vex, and the Goblin Prince are all fun characters that help move the story along, while at the same time provide entertainment to the reader.

Of course besides the characters I just liked the world and plot of the book. It is filled with action, adventure, mystery, and backstabbing. What’s not to love. Plus a modern version of old England with vampires and werewolves running the show is pretty awesome.

All in all I really liked God Save the Queen. It was fast paced, fun to read, and full of interesting characters. The plot was interesting enough and full of enough twists that I was constantly on the edge of my seat. Fans of Briggs and Wells will love, and I personally can’t wait for the next in the series, The Queen is Dead. 


Publisher: Orbit 

Published: July 3, 2012

Price: $16.99

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