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THE QUEEN IS DEAD
by Kate Locke

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk

2013 Steampunk Nominee

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Locke has developed an intricate and darkly political world that has various races on edge and on the verge of confrontation. Packed with knife-edged danger, treachery and murder, nothing is simple, as Xandra quickly learns. Although it certainly helps to have read the first book in Locke’s Immortal Empire series, readers can pick up the story from here. If you like your steampunk gritty and challenging, this is the series for you!

For Xandra, accepting the part of herself that she considers a monster is not easy. She is still struggling to comprehend that, rather than just being a typical half-blood, she is actually the new goblin queen. Then Xandra’s brother Val, who works for Scotland Yard, vanishes while investigating the disappearance of other half-bloods. With the help of her lover, the alpha werewolf Vex MacLaughlin, Xandra starts the hunt for her brother. Xandra’s family life is complicated to say the least, but she is determined not to lose another sibling. But will the trail lead her into darkness and terrible treachery? (ORBIT, Feb., 352 pp., $16.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ORBIT

Published: February 2013

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