God Save the Queen
By Kate Locke
Oh no! Back to vampires and werewolves, when I thought I was going to be reading a book about the Victorian underworld… Turns out it’s not so bad, light enough to read on a commute, and interesting enough to make you want to continue it on your lunchbreak. Conspiracy and treachery in a modern world that retains huge tracts of antiquarian life, with quite a few good fight scenes to keep the pace moving!
The Year is 2012 – and Queen Victoria still rules with an immortal fist. She’s 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 technology lives side by side with magic, where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath) and Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day.Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it’s her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But things get complicated when her sister goes missing. Xandra will not only realise she’s the prize in a dangerous power struggle – but she’ll also uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire itself.