Xandra Vardan thought life would be simpler when she accepted the goblin crown and became their queen, but life has only become more complicated. Read more...
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.
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.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-13
- Reviewer: Staff
In Locke’s third and final Immortal Empire novel, Alexandra Vardan is the newly crowned Goblin Queen in an alternate Britain where Queen Victoria is a vampire. Under Victoria, social change has slowed down, and class struggles have become more deadly. Unpopular with the vampire nobility and the general populace, Xandra faces a plot to frame her for brutal murders. Meanwhile, she has to figure out who is engineering an especially deadly form of the vampire plague. Xandra faces a wide array of enemies, adding an element of intrigue, but it’s disturbingly unclear whether Locke realizes she’s an antihero rather than one of the good guys. Xandra allows her goblins to murder and eat unsuspecting drug addicts, and seems to think they deserve it, yet public dislike of her and the goblins is depicted as mere prejudice, easily countered by good PR. These moral considerations are never quite eclipsed by the proliferation of secret labs, dark conspiracies, colorful anachronisms, memorable characters, and convincing and logical world-building. This is an absorbing and unusual read for fans of alternate history and urban fantasy. (Nov.)