Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire #3) by Kate Locke

Release Date: November 12, 2013
Published by: Orbit
Source: HC copy provided by publisher
Author Links: Site | Twitter 
Xandra Vardan thought life would be simpler when she accepted the goblin crown and became their queen, but life has only become more complicated. Everyone -- vampires, werewolves and humans -- wants the goblins on their side, because whoever has the goblins -- wins.

Queen Victoria wants her head, Alpha wolf Vex wants her heart, and she still doesn't know the identity of the person who wanted her blood. What she does know is that a project from one of the 'secret' aristocrat labs has gotten free and she's the only one who can stop the perfect killing machine -- a sixteen year-old girl. With human zealots intent on ridding the world of anyone with plagued blood and supernatural politics taking Britain to the verge of civil war, Xandra's finding out that being queen isn't all it's cracked up to be, and if she doesn't do something fast, hers will be the shortest reign in history.

The fantastic conclusion to the series that started with the spectacular undead steampunk debut, God Save the Queen and The Queen is Dead.

A perfect ending to a fantastic paranormal steampunk series that I'm sad to see come to an end.

Xandra has faced numerous problems since learning of her status among the goblins. She has struggled with her identity, with others' reactions to her and has had a difficult time of deciding which direction she wants her life to take. But in this conclusion she has become more powerful, more confident, and more deserving of the title that she has been given.

Vex remains by her side, just as supportive and charming as always. Her family is there for her also...well, most of them anyway. Good or bad, each of them played important roles in the story and some had their lives changed for the better. Not every character received a happily ever after, but I think we can all agree that those who did were the ones who really mattered.

From beginning to end, I was hooked on this story and easily devoured it in just a few days. I don't know what Locke will be working on next, but whatever it is I will definitely be reading it. She's a talented author with a great imagination and I highly recommend reading her series.


Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I know my associate reviewer, Josh, is addicted to this series. Maybe I'll see if it's available in audio. Great review Cat, glad to hear you loved it!

Addicted2Heroines said...

I saw Josh's review of God Save the Queen. I love that he enjoys so many of the same series that I do ;-)

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