The Queen Is Dead (The Immortal Empire)
by Kate Locke
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316196130
Date: 05 February 2013 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it's up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to a being a suspect in a murder investigation, a werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy, and Xandra barely knows which way is up. One thing she does know is that she's already lost one sibling, she's not about to lose another.
Xandra Varden is the newly crowned Goblin Queen of England. But her complicated life is by no means over. There are the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who for some reason wants her head. Not to mention her werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy. Now she's the suspect in a murder investigation -- and Xandra barely knows which way is up. What she does know is that nothing lasts forever--and immortality isn't all its cracked up to be.