Monday, February 4, 2013

Early Review: The Queen Is Dead (Immortal Empire #2) by Kate Locke

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Published by: Orbit Books
Source: Provided by publisher

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.

An exciting, page-turning addition to the Immortal Empire series!

Xandra proved herself to be a kick ass heroine in the debut, but she's even more hardcore in the sequel. She's craving violence, ready to rip out a few throats, and becoming unapologetic about who and what she is. I absolutely loved it! 

There is a lot of forward progress in this story regarding the changes in Xandra's life. Along with her new Goblin Queen status, she's learning to adjust to the new physical and psychological changes, including her increasing desire for flesh and blood and her violent temper. 

She also finds herself in the middle of a game of politics. Each faction wants to align themselves with the Goblin Queen and this causes a lot of complications, especially with her boyfriend Vex. But despite the problems that arise within his pack, their relationship begins to strengthen and by the story's conclusion we witness some progress between them as well.

Aside from Xandra herself, what I loved most about this novel was the time spent with the goblins. They are explored more in depth and Xandra begins to realize that she should not fear her plague and that they should be valued and appreciated. Although they can be ruthless and deadly, her people are also very loyal and protective and smarter than she ever gave them credit for. I've become very fond of the plague's prince and I'm looking forward to spending more time with him in future installments. 

I'll admit that I wasn't very interested in the story's main mystery with Xandra searching for her missing sibling. But there were many, many other things to enjoy and overall I thought this was a fantastic follow up to God Save the Queen!

Paranormal fans who enjoy dark fantasy with steampunk elements, The Queen Is Dead is a must read!

God Save the Queen (July 3, 2013)
The Queen Is Dead (Feb 5, 2013)
Long Live the Queen (Oct 29, 2013)


Ning said...

This series has such an interesting concept. I've never read that many steampunks books, but I may give this a try, but the Goblins sound really scary lol

Ning @ DABR

Braine TS said...

I hate that no ARC was up in NG or EW!I need a Vex fix!

Addicted2Heroines said...

Yes, they're scary and easily one of my favorite parts of this series. I hope you give this a try. Thanks for stopping by, Ning!

Hopefully you'll get your Vex fix soon, Braine =)

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