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Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,469 ratings  ·  257 reviews
This novel takes you to the smoggy, cobbled streets of Queen Victoria's vile & villainous Britain. A layer of horror will be seamlessly woven in to comedic effect: you'll meet a group of demonic, feral chimney sweeps, who first appear to victims as angelic, Christmas-card versions of urchins, before turning into agents of death. ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published October 15th 2009 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
April 2010

First Reads win.

I haven’t paid much attention to the recent flood of Classic Novels With A Supernatural/Horror/Sci-fi Twist, or the tsunami of Historical Figure As Secret Defender Of Mankind stories that followed. Truth is, I was really holding out for Cultist in the Rye (“After his expulsion from boarding school, as well as the Sacred Brotherhood of Blessed Darkness--no thanks to that phony Stradlater and his phony plastic skulls-and-candles rituals--teenaged satanist Holden Caulfiel
Basically it boils down to this....

Blah blah blah....nothing happening...

Blah blah blah....British history...

Blah blah blah....nothing happening...


Blah blah blah....nothing happening...

Blah blah blah...Ewwwww zombie prostitute sex....

Blah blah blah....nothing happening...

Blah blah blah...end of attempt at money grabbing off monster/classical literature mash up trend.

Example of gore and violence...
Jacqueline [a zombie:] used the moment
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Love/Hate?: Love!
Rating: 5/5
Did you finish?: Yes -- laughing the whole time, too.

One-sentence summary: Queen Victoria slays zombies.

Why did you get this book?: I've seen it around but haven't heard any buzz.

Do you like the cover?: Yes.

First line from book: Much later, as he watched his manservant, Perkins, eating the dog, Quimby gloomily reflected on the unusual events of the evening.

Review: I didn't know what to expect when I started this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was more graphi
Raye of the Dead
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more by this author. I’ve had Henry VIII, Wolfman on my wish list for years. I might need to pick that one up soon.
Stephen Robert Collins
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This a comical book with a Zombie style twist. But now that we have the new series on ITV with the Doctor Who Star Clara as Victoria this makes great sense.
Although I was excited (actually I was inordinately excited) to have finally won a First Reads giveaway, I admit I opened QVDH with more than a little reluctance. First of all, rush-to-market publishing trends such as 2009's zombie remix bonanza should usually be avoided by tenderhearted readers who are easily disappointed by passing literary fashion. Secondly, as a stalwart political progressive of Hibernian extraction (big ups to all my Fenian ravers!), I loathe monarchism generally as a primi ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing was a bit dumbed down, but overall it was an entertaining read. Although a work of fiction, the historical facts were accurate and the fiction was amusing. Blood and guts, with occasional bawdy humor and a pinch of history made for a pretty good book. It was a nice change from the other Quirk Fiction I've read that were actually based upon existing literature. It was refreshing to have no frame of reference except what I already knew about the Queen, those surrounding her, and the time p ...more
The most annoying thing about this book is how painstakingly average it is. I kept waiting for it to improve or get worse. Instead, it just hovered around average for the entire length. That's why it took so long for me to read- I couldn't get into it and devour it in two days, but I couldn't just quickly skim through it to finish it. I just plodded along, reading a few chapters a day until I was done. Nothing happened, and then a little bit more of nothing happened.

I can't help but feel that Mo
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So this isn't going to win any prizes for literature but it's bloody good fun. The title's a bit of a misnomer though as Queen Victoria doesn't actually become a demon hunter until late on in the book when her beloved Albert is kidnapped by werewolves. So you have zombies and demons and an arse kicking monarch and it makes you so proud to be British. Rule bloody Britannia!! ...more
Hannah Polley
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This has to be one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read. My sister gave me this book and I barely glanced at the cover and I assumed it was a historical fiction book as she is a big fan of that genre. However, when I came round to reading it, I saw from the front cover it was a zombie story and inside found it had all manner of demons and things from the underworld.

The story revolved mostly around Queen Victoria with zombies, werewolves, succubus', etc. thrown in.

Both Victoria and Alb
A fun romp(I really wanted to use this word) through Victorian England.

Upon becoming Queen, Victoria discovers that some of her staff have the task of hunting demons. It surprises her even more , when she discovers she has a talent for it herself.

I liked this book but not as much as 'Henry VIII:Wolfman'. It made me smile alot but I expected there to be more demon hunting than their actually was. Also liked the twist at the end about Victoria and Albert's true ancestry. Although I'm sure some
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
See my other reviews at Never Enough Books

Queen Victoria has long been held as one of the most beloved of British monarchs. After taking the throne at the tender age of 18, the young queen soon finds she has her hands full with matters of state as well as matters of the heart. When she learns of the violent and long fought war between humans and demons; her responsibility towards the Empire takes a darker turn.

Victoria finds assistance in her royal advisers as well as a small group of royal body
Unlike many people who sneer at the recent string of zombie mash-up novels, I actually quite enjoy them. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter is a fun, bloody, pulpy ride through history that will be extremely enjoyable to anyone willing to accept the book as just that. However, compared to other similar books I've read, Queen Victoria disappoints slightly.

The writing from A. E. Moorat is surprisingly rich, although the book is littered with typos, which makes me think this is a book that was rushed ou
Stephen Theaker
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
King William IV is dead, and Princess Victoria takes the throne aged eighteen. England and its new queen are under threat from the forces of darkness (among them the King of Belgium); luckily the new Queen has supernaturally quick reflexes and is handy with a range of weapons... Essentially this is Queen Victoria as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, dealing with monsters, boys, evil plots and a hard-ass mentor.

The cover of this book is fantastic, but not to be trusted. For one thing, we only see young V
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

"London,1838 Queen Victoria is crowned; She receives the orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry"

I love zombies. I also love British History and historical fiction, so I was SUPER excited to see these two loves together. The opening scenes of this novel son't dissapoint.On the eve of her coronation Victoria learns a secret that has been kept form her and most of Englands citizens: Demons! They are plotting against her throne and the human race in general. The zombies that are i
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: england
This was great fun - obviously not to be taken too seriously, but it was a fun horror/comedy; an alternative look at British history. Perhaps not for the feint-hearted as there is quite a lot of blood and guts in the book, but at the same time it's certainly not the most graphic book, descriptive-wise, I've ever read either. But for light, gory entertainment it's a good read and the plot rolls along at a good pace. For this kind of history/literature meets trashy horror that's popular at the mom ...more
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would you enjoy the Victorian era if you knew that Vickie was actually a demon hunter in the evenings? Would the Baal (demonic adversaries of humanity) overthrow the British throne and foment bloody revolution? Would you like an alternate perspective of known historical facts that actually works quite well? Then, the game is afoot at your local bookseller in trade paperback!

Caveat: It took me a while to settle in to his style but the extra effort was worth it - if only for a hapless peer and his
Kathryn Bergeron
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Summary: Queen Victoria, the demure regent, learns quickly after her ascention the dangers of her position....especially to the supernatural. With a little help form her protecktor (yes, with a k), she battles demons, zombies, and much more to save her kingdom and her husband.

Review: This was an excellent book, if you like intermittent humor (slightly debaucherous) and the arbitrary mixing of history with zombies, then you'll love it too.
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up at the airport and couldn't put it down! An excellent mix of History, horror fiction, comedy and gore. ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Queen Victoria has a new role in this novel. Not only is she to lead her nation, but she will also be matching wits with demons, werewolves, and zombies in the hopes of preventing the world from falling into despair.

As the novel opens, Victoria's father is on his deathbed. A demon assassin drops into visit her just as she is getting word that she will be the new leader of the British Empire. Fortunately for her, she is also visited by Maggie Brown a talented demon hunter who has been appointed a
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: zombie enthusiasts
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: parents
Shelves: cadeau, 2010
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Feb 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victoria had no clue that when her time came to be Queen she would also hold the title of Demon Hunter. These demons want the crown for themselves, that way they can rule over Britain how they see fit. Queen Victoria isn't concerned with the Demons, she's more infatuated with Prince Albert. He's handsome, smart, and everything she wants in a partner. Victoria must face a country full of demons, zombies, dark magic, and people she's known all her life actually being a part of the underworld. When ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Talulah Mankiller
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Can I just take a moment to say how sad I am that I got the Kindle edition and not the paperback? I mean, seriously. Check out that cover. IT IS DIVINE.


Okay, this book can only be described as a mad romp. The title is a little misleading–Victoria doesn’t do much demon-hunting for the first half of the book–but other than that, it’s all pretty self-explanatory. On the night of the old King’s death, numerous horrible things happen: a two-headed rat eats a man, my Lord Quimby’s zombies eat his
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Have you ever watched Rachel Ray or maybe one of those cooking segments that loiter morning talk shows? You know how if you try the recipe yourself it never comes out the way it appeared on television? Well, 'Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter' is the literary equivalent of that recipe you made at has the right ingredients, it's been prepared correctly but somehow it just hasn't come out like you wanted it to.
The book starts out with a bang, major fireworks actually, with all the depravity t
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: usa
Victoria's life isn't simple. Not only did she just turn 18, and is trying to get out from the control of her mother and her mother's advisor, but she has to win the heart of that cute prince Albert from next-door (well, Germany) - and in the middle of this, she just became queen and ruler of the entire British empire. Oh, and King Leopold of Belgium is a demon lord who's heading a conspiracy of demon half-breeds, werewolves, zombies and succubi trying to take over all of Europe, and it's up to ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise. -- Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

In London, in 1883, Queen Victoria is crowned. She receives the orb, the scepter -- and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry. Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age. But th
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. While generally steering away from historical fiction (as historical inaccuracies usually make me reach for a cricket bat and a mace) I couldn't resist buying this as soon as it came out and it was certainly worth it.

From the very first page I was laughing - particularly about the pineapple. Oh dear, I had to have a bit of a lie down. Usually I'm one of those irritating people who latch on to one character and disregard the rest to the point of skimming over them, b
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A. E. Moorat is the pseudonym of author Andrew Holmes whose first novel, Sleb , was shortlisted for the 2002 WHSmith New Talent Award in the UK. His other novels are All Fur Coat, 64 Clarke, and Rain Dogs and Love Cats, all of them dark, funny thrillers which were critically well received in the UK, earning him comparisons with Martin Amis and Elmore Leonard, among others. His nonfiction work h ...more

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