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God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,690 ratings  ·  484 reviews
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 t...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Emily May

This book is fraught with problems which might not bother those readers who are big fans of the urban fantasy genre, but which bothered the more picky and demanding reader that I am. I also would use "urban fantasy" rather than "steampunk" here - even though the novel is marketed as the latter - because the book is far more a mish mash of your usual paranormals than it is a combination of past times + future technology. In fact, the author's note at the beginning contained almost more technolog...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Entertaining debut with interesting worldbuilding and a page-turning mystery.

Locke has created a likable, complex protagonist who excels at kicking ass. She's dedicated to her queen, as well as her job as a member of the elite Royal Guard, and is fiercely protective of her family. She's an admirable character who also shows vulnerability when it comes to seeking acceptance and approval from her father and the mentor who has guided her.

She's also stubborn and remains in denial for a large part of...more
Mark
Everyone should read this, one of the best uf/steampunk vamp/were books out there.

beautiful written and very enjoyable reading.

humour mystery ans action its got it all.

a very strong female lead.
Felicia
I would LOVE to give this 3 1/2 stars but I can't here, so I'm giving it 3. As a first book I liked it, and will definitely try out the next one. This is steampunk alt-reality mixed with vampires, and I randomly picked it up not knowing what was going on at all, which was kind of fun.

I liked the world-building, but it was WAY too repetitive for the first third of the book especially. I think the author needed to trust her world was being set up well without having to remind the audience all the...more
Sarah
Cliche, boring, cliche, predictable, cliche, zzzzz.

Such was my reaction to this book, which had a cool premise but failed to deliver anything unique in the genres it tried so desperately to straddle (steampunk,** urban fantasy, paranormal romance). An asskicking, sassy, neo-noir heroine in some world-building-appropriate branch of law enforcement has unwelcome speshul snowflake issues that manage to intersect with family troubles (mommy issues! daddy issues! sibling issues!) ...job troubles (Sno...more
Feminista
Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review to come.

Corsets and handguns...

That's the time-zone we are in.

In a mixture of eras, Kate Locke beautifully creates an environment that has elements of steam punk and urban fantasy.

This is 21st Century ruled by an undead Queen Victoria. The nobility are made up of vampires and werewolves, the underground is filled with fearful creates called goblins, half-breeds (vampire-human, werewolf-human) are used to safeguard the nobility and finally there are humans, creatures fe...more
Linzi
This is a review of the AUDIO version. The book gets 5*. The audio gets a well-deserved slap and 'null point' - it's worse than eurovision.
Please don't spend a penny on the audio until you've sampled it extensively.
WORST reading I've heard since 2006 (when I was unfortunate enough to listen to that chap with the Boston accent who speed-read the Dolphins of Pern. I was so disgusted I demanded my money back from Audible and I notice they've since replaced that version with a new one)

The narrator i...more
AH
Intriguing and extremely detailed world - 3.5 stars


Steampunk! Vampires! Werewolves! All of my favorites in one place. Does it work? Yes and no. God Save the Queen has extensive and extremely detailed world building. A lot of thought and creativity went into this world. At first, it really feels like a big, giant info dump. At one point I had noted that the world was fascinating but the story seemed secondary. If you can get through this part, you will be rewarded with a fun and exciting story.

G...more
Bonnie
Thank you to Orbit for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Expected publication: July 3rd 2012 by Orbit

This is one of those hodgepodge of genres that is usually a catastrophic mess in my opinion. This wasn't exactly catastrophic but it wasn't anything excellent. In 'God Save the Queen' we've got vampires, werewolves, goblins, 'halvies', with steampunk and Victorian elements (think Gail Carriger's 'Parasol Protectorate series'...also worth note is a group of individu...more
Ian
In a Britain which is ruled by vampires, where an undead Queen Victoria still sits on the throne served by her attack dog Winston Churchill, rebellion is fomenting. When Xandra's favorite older sister disappears, she starts searching, a search which leads her to the lunatic asylum Bedlam and a burnt beyond recognition corpse.

As she keeps digging she discovers a plot which leads all the way to the throne, and she's right in the middle of it. Powerful people are keeping secrets from her and what...more
Viridian
"God Save the Queen" has all the right elements for a novel I would really enjoy: alternative history set in a supernatural London and a strong female main character, an interesting premise, and Queen Victoria. Unfortunately, an interesting idea fails in solid execution and I couldn't even push through the last five chapters of the book.

In this novel by Kate Locke, a virus commonly called "the Promethean Plague" or just "the plague" afflicted a large portion of the human race. Aristocrats and ro...more
Laurel
Feb 13, 2013 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I realize that this book will most likely be categorized as Steampunk, but it is one of the only I've read from the genre that does very little to play up the differences in tech. Rather, they are simply part of the world. And might I say, it is a world unlike most anything else to be found within UF or Steampunk today. The divergent history is well grounded, well articulated, and highly imaginative. Only, after reading it, I cannot imagine why someone hasn't picked up on this concept before?!

Bu...more
Talk Supe
Full review at Talk Supe

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 hav...more
Sarah
As soon as I saw the cover I knew I wanted to read God Save the Queen - it was the combination of the steampunk style outfit with modern London buildings in the background that raised my curiosity. You've got to love a heroine with bright red hair too! Reading the blurb and discovering Kate Locke has created an alternate history where Queen Victoria didn't die - she was actually infected with the plague and became a vampire - just sealed the deal and moved this onto my 'must read' pile of books....more
Dawn
Great original story. It gets off with a weird start due to the info dump. The characters were awesome and I really enjoyed the world with all of its adventure, mystery, and backstabbing. Very interesting to see the old world England in modern times with vampires werewolves and goblins running the show.
Prami
A very interesting world-building and a total page-turner!

“For a moment I hoped I was in heaven--or wherever it is my kind go when death calls...Instead I opened my eyes and discovered that I was in hospital. The flimsy little gown they'd put me in had tiny pink piggies on it. My first thought was that I had to have been in bad shape to be admitted. My second, I'm ashamed to admit, was whether or not they'd let me take the nightie home with me.”

God Save the Queen is set in an alternate steampu...more
Archer
God Save the Queen has a lot of worldbuilding. But once you get into the book, that world is fascinating. The book has a really great mix of modern and Victorian values – with things like a a fear of gossip, but a casual, liberated view of sex and sexuality.

Xandra is a tough, foulmouthed, kick ass character. She's fiercely loyal to her family. She makes the hard decisions and faces the consequences. All in all she's the type of person I could become friends with if there wasn't this pesky Human...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Good start to a new series with superior worldbuilding and a heroine that is only worried about her own kickbuttness that she can come off foul-mouthed and brash.

Opening Sentence: I hate goblins.

The Review:

Alexandra Vardan is a Halvie, half vampire/half human and she has a hate for many things. She hates goblins ever since she was attacked as a child plus goblins love to eat meat (humans/halvies/vampires/werewolves). She hates Bedlam asylum...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
3.5

This review was really hard to write, because minus one character, I would have really liked this book.

It's all Vex's fault.

I liked many parts of this. The world is cool, and the big secret was fun. Good setup there for future books.

Xandra is a half-blood living in a world where a virus created vampires and werewolves way back when. Queen Victoria is still on the throne, humans barely tolerate the reigning "monsters", and everyone is scared of the Goblins. In investigating her sisters "death...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Rebecca for www.BookChickCity.com

As soon as I read the opening author’s note of GOD SAVE THE QUEEN by Kate Locke and saw the words ‘vampires don’t sparkle’, I knew I’d fall in love with this book and I was barely able to put it down.

It begins with half-blood Alexandra Vardan entering the underground den of London’s goblins, desperately seeking news of her sister’s whereabouts. The fact that she has gone to the goblins shows her desperation, as the goblins are the outcasts of Queen Vi...more
Amanda
Thoroughly entertaining. Really closer to three and half stars....

The most interesting thing (to me, at least) about steampunk is the way that different authors derive to keep the world in Victorian social mores while updating the technology. There are myriad ways to approach the issue -- including just ignoring it altogether. I'd never seen this particular way before. A genetic plague that turns aristocrats into near-immortal werewolves and vamps. Keep the Victorian era alive by keeping Victori...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
This book first came to my attention when someone in a group I'm in linked to it, and the cover instantly drew my eye. Well, hell, with that red it'd be hard not to, right? Plus Steampunk is a weakness of mine. But when I read the blurb I was kind of ambivalent, and figured I might give it a pass.

But then it was picked as a member's choice book-of-the-month and I figured - hey, why not? I needed a workout read anyway, and this was as good as any of my other options.

I'm really glad I gave it that...more
Irena
***4.5***

First: do not read the blurb of the next book in this series. It contains spoilers for this one.

The story: It starts a bit slow thanks to a sort of info dump, which isn't overwhelming considering how rich this world is. The author still managed to reign in all that and we got information about this world and its history bit by bit in the rest of the book.
Alexandra Vardan is a half-breed belonging to elite Royal Guard. Someone went to a hell of trouble to convince her, her family and th...more
Tacie Graves
I know some authors who would rather have an "I loathed this book with every fiber of my being" review than a "meh" review, but "meh" is unfortunately all I carried away from this one.

I loved the cover. I was really excited about the premise (it's a very reasonable way to introduce super-creatures even if it means that vamps/weres/goblins are less than 200 years old) and I felt that Locke did a decent job of world building. She has some nice steampunk bits thrown in, and I did enjoy the alternat...more
Dragana
Sep 19, 2012 Dragana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dragana by: September BOM @ SOS Group
This was a fun, intense and quick read. I simply could not put it down and devoured it in one afternoon.

Some people complain in their reviews and find similarities with other books, but I found the world Kate Locke created quite original and interesting. (Maybe because I did not read Parasol Protectorate series...)

The plot is based on the premise that the plague did not kill all the people that were infected but created a gene mutation. So now we have vampires and were-wolves and goblins and hal...more
Olivia ツ
This was good! Set in 2012 but in a world where change has come very slowly. The aristo, the ruling class are vampires, the low class are goblins and in between are the werewolves and half-breeds like Alexandra. I loved that she had a sassy mouth, could kick anyone's ass but was still vulnerable.

Then there was the Alpha werewolf Vexation MacLaughlin. What is it about werewolves?? I just wish his name wasn't Vexation. The twist of who Xandra really is was intriguing even though I suspected it. Th...more
Mara
An interesting first book in a new UF series with some steampunk elements. With the exception of a bucket of info at the start, unfortunately typical of some beginning of new series, the story unfolded nicely.

The leading lady reminded me of a young Anita with her hatred of Other (with the twist that here the others are human) and headstrong personality. I liked that plot and life compelled her to grow up. I also liked that she was made into a hope but also a "monster".

I found the world-building...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Imagine a world where Queen Victoria has ruled for 175 years and there are three types of citizens of Great Britain - the Aristos, Vampires, Weres and Goblins whose DNA has been altered by the Plague, Half Bloods and humans. This is the set-up for the Immortal Empire, a new Urban Fantasy series by Kate Locke. Alexandra "Xandra" Vardan, a vampire half blood thinks she knows her place in this world when her sister commits suicide, the investigation that Xandra starts because she knows it isn't tru...more
Emily
Xandra Vadran is a halvie, half human, half plague, living in a British Empire that never got de-Empired becuase the queen is still alive and has been ruling for 175 years. Essentially the black plague has mutated and in turn has mutated those with aristocratic blood, some become Vampires, some become Weres and some, the most plagued, become Goblins. In this world the Halvies act as bodyguards for the aristos defending them from human threats and interspecies dangers. Xandra is one of the best a...more
Melissa Hayden
Aaah, loved the take of the plague turning aristocrats to Vampire and werewolves. And the blending that doesn't work to create goblins. Loved this creation and explanation for the paranormal. And loved reading Xandra coming into her own and learning the truths and secrets kept hidden.

***FULL REVIEW***
Xandra's sister has gone missing. She's hoping the goblins, which stay underground yet know everything topside, can help her find her sister. She learns her sister was committed to Bedlam, the Asylu...more
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“For a moment I hoped I was in heaven--or wherever it is my kind go when death calls...Instead I opened my eyes and discovered that I was in hospital. The flimsy little gown they'd put me in had tiny pink piggies on it. My first thought was that I had to have been in bad shape to be admitted. My second, I'm ashamed to admit, was whether or not they'd let me take the nightie home with me.” 13 likes
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