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The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

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Sovereign Power. Eternal Pleasure.

Revealed at last in this new vampire saga for the ages: the true, untold story of the “Virgin Queen” and her secret war against the Vampire King of England. . . .

On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, to learn the truth about her bloodline—and her destiny as a Slayer. Born to bat
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Gallery Books (first published December 15th 2010)
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Grace Tjan
Apr 24, 2011 Grace Tjan rated it it was ok
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Emily
Oct 13, 2010 Emily rated it did not like it
Shelves: historic-fic, arc
Right. It's kinda bad. I'm only a few chapters in and I just can't go any further. Problems thus far:

1. Complete lack of originality. Aside from the recent plethora of the "real" stories of historical figures fighting demons or vampires, this author is regurgitating both the Elizabethian history and the Arthurian mythos. Significant lack of creativity on both fronts.
2. This author doesn't know how to smoothly incorporate the actual historical events so it's a lot of exposition rather than moving
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Althea Ann
Dec 16, 2010 Althea Ann rated it did not like it
Full disclosure: I only read up to page 134 before deciding there was absolutely no point to finishing this.
I didn't have high expectations of a pseudonymous vampire novel - but I did expect better than this. I expected some trashy fun costume drama, but this was simply a slog.
It's very poorly written, in an annoying first-person present tense, with an awkward mix of faux "old-style" language and contemporary phrasing. The main character, ostensibly Elizabeth Tudor, is not believable as a powe
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Angelc
Jan 20, 2011 Angelc rated it liked it
This vampire romance is written in flowery, Victorian language that really gives you a feel for the era and the gothic style of the story. This book will definitely appeal to fans of Victorian vampire stories, the original Dracula story, and mash ups in general.

For someone who loves romance as much as I do, I'm just not a fan of literally dropping things because you're so mesmerized at first sight by someone. I think this style of 'love' will really appeal to die hard Edward and Bella fans. Unfo
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Vicky
Mar 09, 2011 Vicky rated it liked it
Set in the court of Elizabeth I of England, this reads very much like a historical document. Within are all the intrigues that Elizabeth faced from the beheading of her mother Anne, to the perfidy of her sister Mary, to the difficulties of being a single woman in a world where men controlled everything. In addition to this, there is one big difference. Elizabeth just happens to be a vampire slayer.

On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth learns of a secret that has been held by her family for a t
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Nikki K
Jul 29, 2011 Nikki K rated it did not like it
I was hoping that this book would be like "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter". In that book, you "almost" believed that you were reading a non-fiction story. This book tries so hard to pose itself as a true historical account, that it comes off as over the top.



Lucy Weston "supposedly" brought the secret diaries of Elizabeth Tudor to the public to warn us of the threat of vampires to our world. The interview with the author (at the back of the book) concludes suddenly when she flees for safety aft
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Bookish
Dec 20, 2010 Bookish rated it really liked it
I have passed down the length of my life across chasms that threatened one after another to entomb me—the child of tragedy, the target of conspiracy, the queen called bastard and witch borne---all come to this moment.

The ribbon has run out and time is gone with it.

…I ride certain of my purpose and accepting whatever my fate may be.

I am the Slayer and I have come to kill.


Meet Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Queen of England. And killer of vampires.

The Secret History of El
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Aaron
Mar 20, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is preparing to officially take the throne of a country she has been ruling for the past few months. England is recovering from the loss of both of her siblings shortly after the death of her father. The country is surrounded by those who would like to see Elizabeth fail, from the Pope to the leaders of France, Scotland, and Spain. Elizabeth feels like she is up to the challenge.

Her closest advisors, Dr. John Dee and Lord Cecil, meet with her to let
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Debbi
Jun 01, 2014 Debbi rated it liked it
Shelves: everyday-magic
I rate this book a 3.5. I love that it's about Queen Elizabeth and includes Dee, Walsingham, Cecil and Kat! oh, and Robin! I also liked the plot. But...there was too much introspection from Elizabeth - and much of it was repetitive!!! The story needs action and dialogue to show the reader what she's thinking.
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
2 1/2

Not a bad story, but not what I was expecting. I had anticipated something a bit more silly - a fun Elizabethan romp. Instead I got something more serious and, for all that, rather on the melodramatic side. Perhaps if I had read it in a different mood or with different expectations I would've rated it higher.

That said, I liked some of the twists presented in the familiar history, and I particularly liked seeing Anne portrayed in a positive light - something of a rarity.

On the cons were the
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Holly
Mar 03, 2014 Holly rated it liked it
As a huge fan of Quirk Classics and books like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter I was pretty confident that I would enjoy this book. And maybe I'm growing out this genre or maybe "Weston" just didn't pull it off quite as well, but the postscript and the book club questions at the end pushed me over the edge.

I think it is fun to be silly and rewrite history, but when you tell me to ask my book club if they were surprised to find out that there were connections between the Tudors and the Vampires an
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Gemma
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I wasn’t about to pass up anything to do with Elizabeth I, especially not when vampires are involved. It seemed like such an awesome idea, but the execution was…meh. It was all right, but I was nowhere near sold. I wanted to like this one so much and it had a lot going for it! Elizabeth and her court, Arthurian legend, vampire lore, even a gimmick about the author’s pseudonym, but it never came together.

The wri
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Sandra
Mar 21, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it
Combine legends of King Arthur's Mordred & Morgaine with Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's advisors and vampirism, and you have an interesting take on Stoker's vampire story. Elizabeth I is confronted with saving her kingdom and its people or giving in to the seductive nature of youth, beauty, and immortality! What a conflict she has to overcome! Lured by what Mordred, the vampire king, offers, Elizabeth struggles to control her growing power as a vampire slayer, yet she longs for the be ...more
Oriza Amouri
Dec 31, 2010 Oriza Amouri rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
I was interested with this book because the vampire slayer plot and alas not that good. I should've listen to my friend advice not to buy book too hasty. The queen wasn't striking me and others too. Interesting plot, in the end the story wasn't that good
Marie Everett
Apr 14, 2014 Marie Everett rated it really liked it
This was very good for a "smash up" book, though not as good as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The attention to detail was blended almost perfectly with fiction but I feel this would have been better as an alternate universe story due to some minor points. In the book Robert Dudley was single. In real life, he was not only married, but he was married before Elizabeth became queen. I think I would have enjoyed having a sub plot where Amy (Dudley's wife) was murdered by a vampire (as in real life ...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel: http://www.youtube.com/magicofbooks

"The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer" by Lucy Weston tells the untold story of Elizabeth Tudor's reign. On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth visits the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, and is told of her ancient lineage that has hunted vampires for centuries. The king of the vampires is Mordred, the bastard son of King Arthur. Mordred wants to rule alongside Elizabeth and turn her into a vam
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Melissa
Dec 22, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
The "history" in this story really starts in King Author's court. In this telling, Mordred is the son of King Arthur, and Morgaine was not the rival of Merlin but the lover of Mordred. This historical part plays nicely as it is interesting but does not overshadow Elizabeth Tudor's story. In fact, all but Mordred are either relegated to story, myth, or spiritual helper. Mordred plays a more important role as he is the vampire trying to seduce Elizabeth into joining him and ruling England together ...more
Stephanie  G
Dec 17, 2010 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
It is 1559 and Elizabeth Tudor is about to be crowned Queen when she is told unbelievable news. She not only learns of the existence of vampires but that she is to be a Slayer. Not long after she is told the startling news Elizabeth is visited by Mordred, son of King Arthur and King of the vampires. He has come to give Elizabeth the chance to rule at his side forever as Queen or suffer the same as her mother Anne Boleyn.

Elizabeth Tudor is the the virgin Queen who against all odds managed to not
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Ravin Maurice
Mar 17, 2011 Ravin Maurice rated it really liked it
I found the concept for this book interesting, and the author has clearly done her homework in regards to mythology and the history of England. There were so many well thought out, intelligently executed ideas in this book that it has actually made it quite believable. The idea that Mordred, Arthur's bastard son, is king of the vampires? Intriguing, I wish the author had gone more in depth to his origin story and his history with Morgaine. Anne Boleyn being a descendant of Morgaine, the head of ...more
Bookaholics
Dec 28, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor: Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston
Historical Romance – Dec. 21st, 2010
4 stars


Queen Elizabeth is no ordinary Queen. Through her mother’s blood, she possess the power to slay vampires from their ancestor, Morgaine the great Sorceress. On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth’s power is awakened, and she finds herself the target of the greatest and powerful vampire of all - Mordred, the bastard son of King Arthur. Despite her vows to defend England in the name of Go
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Anne Gustke
Jan 15, 2011 Anne Gustke rated it liked it
This is an interesting book which combines a whole bunch of history with vampires and the paranormal. The vampire in the book is Mordred, King Arthur’s son. He has been waiting through the centuries since Arthur’s time, and gathering power. Now he is trying to seduce Queen Elizabeth into joining him so they can rule England together as immortal king and queen. It is revealed to Elizabeth right before her coronation that she is a vampire hunter with special powers and a destiny that descends from ...more
Kelsey
Apr 01, 2013 Kelsey rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
The storyline begins on the eve of Elizabeth’s coronation when she comes into her vampire slaying powers. She is the descendant of the first slayer, Morgaine Le Fay who was Mordred’s lover and in the end his enemy. Mordred is the son of King Arthur who decided to turn to the dark side and become a vampire after his Christian father refused to make peace with them. In a twist of fate, Mordred is made their King. His ultimate goal is to reclaim his right to the throne of England and now is his cha ...more
Nicki
I am conflicted about this book. :/

Likes

- I love Elizabeth I. I love vampire novels, so obviously, I found the plot of this book very entertaining.
- I actually liked the romance between Elizabeth and Robin. While it may have seemed forced at times, at other times it was very sweet and honest.
- Mordred was a good bad guy. Many antagonists in books are sadly underdeveloped and shallow. For once though, the bad guy had motivation for doing the things he did, and truly believed he was making the r
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Teril
Jan 11, 2011 Teril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gallery
This book was so much fun to read. I got into a obsession reading the Tudor series from Phillipa Gregory series and the HBO show the Tudors, so when ET Vampire Slayer was released I I knew I had to read it.
I loved the imaginary character world building presented in this book by bring the vampire element into history. Could you imagine a show on this book, it would rock! The turn of Elizabeth into a slayer was just great, we see all these character developments into her growth as a woman, a Queen
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Anna
Jan 12, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of mash-ups because I take them in the comedic spirit in which they were written, and simply appreciate the literary elements and characters. If nothing else, I am tempted to go back and re-read the originals. At the same time, I am also a huge fan of historical fiction because I enjoy the blending of reality with theory, the chance to bring our past alive once more. Secret History is what I consider to be historical fiction rather than mash-up because it reads with more depth and dram ...more
Barry Huddleston
Dec 24, 2010 Barry Huddleston rated it liked it
Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the tomb of her Mother, and learns that she is an heir to a vampire slayer legacy. Not only is she the new Queen of England, but she must defend her realm from Modred and the undead.

I couldn’t help but think of Hachette‘s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” that I reviewed back in April of this year. A Historical figure slaying the undead in secret, and we learn of this secret History through their diaries. Though the story is not the most original thing to find its
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Alexia561
Oct 02, 2010 Alexia561 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs
When I was in 6th grade, I went through a phase where I read every book I could get my hands on about Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. Thought I was pretty well versed on her life and times, but somehow missed the rumors of her secret life as a vampire slayer! Who knew? ;)

I'm hesitant to read too many of the "revised histories" out there, but I couldn't resist this one; probably because of my childhood infatuation with Elizabeth. And all in all, I wasn't disappointed. Elizabeth is the main character,
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Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
A couple of years ago I was obsessed with the history of Elizabeth Tudor so I was really intrigued when I saw this book, I wanted to see how the author would mix in the paranormal aspects into her life. This one is not really a mash up like some of the other books that have been coming out this year but more of historical fiction about a very famous and unforgettable queen with a paranormal twist.


I think what I liked about this book were the historical parts in it, there’s plenty of true facts
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Amy Bunn
If you take a look at my bookshelf, you'll see that I read a little bit of everything, but one of the tags that comes up frequently is "Tudors." I've read both fictional and factual works on that turbulent time period in England's history, but when "royalty" was the subject for my book discussion group, I decided to think outside the box. Enter: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer. I was hoping for something a little irreverent, a little entertaining--sort of a Buffy the Vampir ...more
Anna
Dec 09, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Hours before she is about to be crown the Queen of England, Elizabeth Tudor learns the secret of her bloodline and her destiny of being a vampire slayer. On hearing this news she brushes it aside until she comes face to face with the ever seductive vampire, Mordred.

I've become a fast fan of alternative histories. The love the twists and suspense that comes from the mixing of history with fiction. I have always been intrigued with the Tudor dynasty so I was elated to receive this book for review
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