Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire)
by Kate Locke
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316196147
Date: 12 November 2013 List Price $17.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Long Live the Queen is book three in the Immortal Empire series and, as with God Save the Queen and The Queen Is Dead, once you get started it's really, really hard to find a spot to put the book down. The action is almost non-stop once you get in a few pages and the intrigue, alliances, power brokering, assassinations, and plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Alexandra "Xandra" Vardan is now Queen of the Goblins. She's finally beginning to accept what she has become and to realize that she does have responsibility to the goblins who look to her. She's also partnered, in many definitions of that word, with the alpha of the werewolves in Britain, Lord Vexation "Vex" MacLaughlin. They are trying to find out who is kidnapping and experimenting on halfies or half-bloods. They also realize that to survive, the goblins, vampires, and werewolves must learn to live at peace with humans.
The humans are on the edge of revolt and the last time that happened, things didn't go as well as expected for the immortals. On the other side, it seems that the people running the bio-experimental laboratories are stirring the humans to revolt with the intention of squashing them once and for all. Xandra hasn't gotten along all that well with the vampire queen, Victoria, even though she saved her life shortly before she became the queen of the goblins. Now they must all work together to restore peace and find the traitors within their ranks.
The world hold together as does the working of the various species. The story is high on action but manages to fit in enough character driven elements to balance the story between action and emotion. The writing flows keeping the reader centered in the story's universe.