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God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,644 Ratings  ·  546 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 th
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Orbit
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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
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
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
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
Apr 10, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 31, 2013 Feminista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
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 f
Aug 02, 2012 Linzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
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
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.

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
Talk Supe
Jun 27, 2012 Talk Supe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2012 Viridian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 13, 2013 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?!

Dec 06, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Xandra Vardan is an Urban Fantasy heroine in a London that aesthetically never left the steam age. She believes that the reports of her sister's death are greatly exaggerated, and her investigations lead to new and troubling discoveries about herself and about the vampire aristocracy who currently rules England.

The aesthetic of this novel is a mishmash of the modern and the 19th century. You have steam trains and gaslights alongside computers and cell phones; a 21st-century attitude toward sexua
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 steamp
Revised star rating after December 2015 reread:
5 stars - outstanding/amazing!

First review after first read, March 21-22, 2013:

4.5 stars - great

I loved this story! Xandra Vardan, while young (only 22), is an incredibly likable character. The questions she learned to ask about who she is were fascinating and their answers were even more so! The ending at Queen V's 175th really surprised me: I wasn't expecting (view spoiler)
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
Sep 19, 2012 Dragana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Nov 09, 2014 SuperHeroQwimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I had a fun time reading this book. It was my exact type of story. Creatures I love told with an attitude to match. I enjoy reading about vampires and werewolves, them together is a blasty-blast. I also enjoy her idea of goblins. Much of the time everyone has a different idea of what a goblin is. Usually it doesn't have a big part because it's a small bad creature who hides in the dark, just not bad enough to really be a problem, more like an annoyance that an author throws in to have more flair ...more
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
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
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)

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
Oct 07, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
⊱ Irena ⊰

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
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
While I loved EVERYTHING about this book - my favorite bit?

The fact that Xandra doesn't hesitate. There are no pauses to consider whether or not something should be done, she just does it. This is unbelievably refreshing!

For example:
If you say something to her she doesn't like?
She's going to punch you.
Do something she doesn't like?
Again with the punching- and will more than likely rip your throat out.
If she's attracted to someone?
She's going to take care of that too. In the best way possible.
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
Jan 04, 2013 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kate Locke has always enjoyed making things up — a trait that often got her into trouble as a child, but by which she enjoys making a living. Before writing fiction full time she worked as cook, a journalist and in a photo finishing lab where she saw enough pictures of naked people to rival Hugh Hefner. A guy once asked her out after giving her a roll of film that he expressly requested she develo ...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.” 18 likes
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