God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire)
by Kate Locke
Cover Artist: Photo: House of Indulgence
Review by Gayle Surrette
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316196123
Date: 03 July 2012 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: 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 the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.
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 believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key--the prize in a very dangerous struggle.