A few weeks ago I bought God Save the Queen, the first book in Kate Locke’s Immortal Empire series, heartily intrigued by the back cover text.
Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.
The undead matriarch presides over 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.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believes in and will uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the entire empire.
The first in a fantasy series where vampires, werewolves, and goblins rule London.
God Save the Queen was published in mass market paperback by Orbit on January 31, 2017. I was surprised to find that the next two in the series, The Queen is Dead and Long Live the Queen, were released in rapid succession on February 28 and March 28. A little digging, however, and it all makes sense. The books were originally released in hardcover in 2012/2013; this is a re-release with a fresh design and new covers.
Here’s the original hardcover editions, with covers by Steward Noak and Don Sipley (click for bigger versions).
“Kate Locke” is a pseudonym for Kathryn Smith, who has also published the Brotherhood of the Blood series (4 novels) from Avon, as well as the 4-volume Steampunk Chronicles from Harlequin Teen (under the name Kady Cross) and the Clockwork Agents trilogy from Signet (as Kate Cross).
Read an excerpt from God Save the Queen here.
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