Image of God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire)


Image of God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire)

This is the first in a new UF series featuring vampires, werewolves, genetic experimentation, goblins and super-cute steampunk fashion. This novel will be highly appealing to the demographic of readers who like that sort of thing. However, even readers who are not fans of the genre will become interested in Xandra, her princely werewolf and the intrigue that will change everything she knows about her beloved country, and even about herself. The book is well written and appealing, but not as broadly accessible as one would wish. A glaring plot hole at the beginning of the novel colors every goblin encounter thereafter. It’s mildly explained away later, but not convincingly enough. This affects the read enough to keep the book from receiving the highest rating.

Xandra is the youngest and brightest student to come out of the Royal Guard academy in years, perhaps in centuries. She takes her task of guarding the Queen of England and the aristocracy very seriously. Oh, and the queen just happens to be a vampire. When Xandra’s young sister goes missing, she will stop at nothing to find her. But what she discovers will change her understanding of her entire world; human, vampire, werewolf and goblin alike will be changed by the events that unfold. (ORBIT, Jul., 368 pp., $16.99)
Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs