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God Save the Queen

(The Immortal Empire #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,211 ratings  ·  734 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
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Orbit
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Helen 2.0
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Starting from a full five:

-1 star for Xandra the bodyguard wearing full Victorian dresses, high heels and corsets on the job.
-1 star for Xandra's boyfriend likening her to his son. Ew.
+1 star for "What have you brought us?" "Meat."
-1 star for nonsensical attempted explanations of the fantasy races and world building.
-1 star for every family member Xandra has slapped in the face.
+1 star for every person she beat up that actually deserved it.

Let's call it an even 2 stars.
Emily May
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok

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 techno
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
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
What I Liked
- The concept of a virus creating werewolves and vampires was interesting. I think the whole setup of the book could be a cool TV show - like a steampunk gothic True Blood or something.

What I Disliked
- The book was trying really hard to be British. It was quite obvious that it was not written by someone British, but just someone who reeeeally likes British stuff.
- Tbh, the book felt like it was trying really hard in every aspect. The world building was overly complex and there was s
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
Sarah Mac
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
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
would just like to say about this book, that it does give an interesting perspective to an alternate time, about the plague and Victorian era, and what would happened if the plague happened differently to our bodies and the adaptations of it all.
Queen Victoria still reigns, the plague has turned the people that it affected into camps, also known as aristocrats, the top of the food chain, it also affected them by changing into werewolves, but it's very hard to get a full blooded aristo, from 2 v
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2012 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
Hang on for something special as Kate Locke takes us into her supernatural steampunk world where London is ruled by a vampire queen, the aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires and magic and technology work hand in hand. Not enough diversity for you? Goblins live underground, pariahs in a world filled with power, magic and danger.

Xandra is a halfie, part human, part supernatural and all attitude, heart and snark. When her sister goes missing, presumed dead, Xandra will go through the f
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.

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
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 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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?!

Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
"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 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not quite sure where to start with this review, therefore I apologise in advance if it is disjointed. I may also repeat myself, somewhat, and possibly miss stuff… but we’ll see how it goes.

We all love those friends who share their books with us. Such friends instantly earn themselves all kinds of favours. We love them when they hand over books we have wanted to read. We love them when they hand over books you never considered reading and end up loving. We love it when they offer up their fav
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
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)
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
This book brought me out of a semi-book hangover. Or maybe a book exhaustion. I am a strict TBR reader and I absolutely need to finish the TBR I set for myself, but this week I really haven't been feeling it since finishing Honor Lost. It was just so good!!

But God Save the Queen was such a fun read! In this Historical Fantasy, the British nobility have been infected with plague that has turned them into Vampires, Werewolves and Goblins oh my! Queen Victoria is alive and well, still ruling the th
Trigger warnings: violence, blood, death of a sibling.

3.75 stars.

If you like the Parasol Protectorate series or the Kate Daniels series, definitely give this one a go! Basically? The plague bacterium causes aristocrats to become vampires (in England) and werewolves (in Scotland). Queen Victoria has now been on the throne for 175 years, so it's a society with Victorian ideals but modern(ish) technology. It's kind of a cross between steampunk and urban fantasy. And therefore, it was pretty much m
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Prami{reader and dreamer}
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 stea
What a world Locke has created with God Save the Queen! So much creativity, and that was truly one of the best parts of this book.

In Locke's alternate-reality London, Queen Victoria still rules, albeit a little differently than history tells us. Queen V is a vampire. In this version of London, anyone known as an aristocrat is a supernatural, be it werewolves or vampires, but only aristos are full-bloods. Those like Xandra Vardan are known as halvies -- the product of an aristo/human mating, pro
Danielle (Danniegurl)
First of all ***THERE IS A GLOSSARY IN THE BACK!!***

Yep. Ok now that we've got that out of the way I am happy to report that I did enjoy this book. See historical anything is, in general, difficult for me to get into. I usually get flustered by all the history, history I stored in my short term memory bank for school and have thus dumped it from there, so I don't remember/recall/or have learned about some of the histories that can often be mentioned in books. I also don't like to read long drawn
This was a blast to read! The setting and the characters were absolutely wonderful. This is the perfect read for anyone interested in the fantasy/paranormal genre. Literally the only criticism I have is that it was kind of difficult to understand all the genetic explanations of how the virus effected some people and not others. Other than that I thought the book couldn't be any better and am excited to get my hands on the next one.
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, pnr-uf, own, shifters
Queen Victoria has been on the British throne for 175 years, she is a vampire and so are all the aristocracy. It's all down to the Bubonic Plague that transformed some people instead of killing them.

As well as Vampires we have Werewolves, mostly in Scotland, and Goblins, who are pretty vicious and live underground and they eat people who they call meat, or mice.

What we also have are halvies, half werewolves are claimed by the Pack, but half vamps are looked down on but are also used by the Vamps
Carl Alves
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
God Save the Queen is a bit of a mishmash of different genres. It’s part alternate history where during the reign of Queen Victoria, she and other aristocrats are plagued with some taking the form of vampires, others werewolves, and others goblins. It’s part fantasy with some shades of romance, although that’s a small part of the novel, with a bit of a steampunk feel to it. Queen Victoria is still alive, and there are divisions between the aristocrats and the humans with half-bloods (half human ...more
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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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