Series: The Immortal Empire, #3
Published by Orbit on November 12, 2013
Genres: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 320 pages
Sexual Content: mild sex scenes, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
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.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN was a wonderfully twisty, fun, and dark steampunk tale that held me with such rapt attention I didn't want to put it down. The fact that I so enjoyed this third book in the series is pretty good considering it was my first foray into The Immortal Empire. The writing is superb and I adored the fact that past plot points and worldbuilding were so organically woven that they barely stopped the already fast paced plot.
With a book filled with goblins, werewolves, and vampires who consume human and animal flesh on a regular basis, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN makes for some macrabe moments but what surprised me was the fact that I didn't mind. So many of the monsters are humanized to the extent that I cared more for them than the humans who were demonized into essentially a rampant monster hating mob. One of the parts of the plot I enjoyed was the focus on the very really issue of class warfare and the struggle for equal rights and security amongst a race/class of people. I wasn't expecting such thought provoking topics to pop up here and done so well.
Xandra Vardan is an incredibly adaptable character especially after learning of her goblin heritage in the previous book and taking her new eating habits in good strides in LONG LIVE THE QUEEN. I also enjoyed the fact that Xandra could play both parts gentle peacemaker and investigator as well as very scary monster who can rip out your liver with a swipe of her claw. Another aspect I liked with Xandra is that she is a queen in her own right so seeing her verbally spare with Queen Victoria was great fun as it was an epic fight of passive aggressive snipping at times while trying to remain proper.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN puts the dark in dark steampunk and has so many twists it will keep you on your toes wondering when the next one is coming. This was an excellent final installment of The Immortal Empire and I will definitely go back to read the first two books now.Series Titles: