Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter [NOOK Book]

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There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.

London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry. If Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there’s the small ...

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Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

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Overview

There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.

London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry. If Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there’s the small matter of the undead to take care of first. Demons stalk the crown, and political ambitions have unleashed ravening hordes of zombies even within the nobility itself.

But rather than dreams of demon hunting, Queen Victoria’s thoughts are occupied by Prince Albert. Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere?With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, zombies, and foul demons, this masterly new portrait will give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman, a legendary monarch, and quite possibly the best demon hunter the world has ever seen.

In another incarnation as a more serious (though still satirical) author, A. E. MOORAT has won critical acclaim and been shortlisted for awards. Here, however, he was chained in the dungeon, fed tea and ghost stories, and kept busy writing the adventures of Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Hand
…fun. It's a freewheeling account of Great Britain under siege by succubi, zombies and various other of Lucifer's minions, all nicely turned out in frock coats and crinolines. Moorat…crowds so many characters—historical, fictional, supernatural—onto his Victorian stage that the effect is that of a lost Gilbert and Sullivan operetta written under the influence of opium, absinthe and black pudding.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Add Queen Victoria to the rapidly growing coterie of classic and historical characters forced to battle supernatural evil (see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, etc.), as pseudonymous author Moorat combines Victorian manners, gallows humor and grindhouse gore into a satisfying historical adventure. After ascending to the throne, 18-year-old Victoria has her hands full with matters of state and the heart; when she learns of a clandestine war between humans and demons, however, Victoria's responsibility to protect the Empire takes on violent, visceral dimensions. With help from a Scooby Gang of rough-and-tumble warriors known as the Protektorate, the self-possessed young monarch must battle demons (a catch-all category including werewolves, zombies and many others), quell a brewing insurrection and protect her beloved Prince Albert, all while maintaining her royal decorum and a stiff upper lip. Moorat infuses his tale with enough bravura and over-the-top action to lift it above a horde of similar projects; readers able to stomach the deliriously bloody goings-on will find plenty to enjoy.
Los Angeles Times
“Wildly entertaining . . . Moorat’s story rises above mere gimmick.”
Washington Post
“[T]he effect is that of a lost Gilbert and Sullivan operetta written under the influence of opium, absinthe and black pudding.”
Library Journal
In the pseudonymous Moorat's fantasy, June 19, 1837, heralds an auspicious night. The young Princess Victoria, only 18, becomes England's new monarch. Demon forces hatch a plan to take down the queen and usurp her empire. The story, told with delightful, understated British humor, is not for the squeamish. The zombie scenes are especially disgusting, as zombies have appalling table manners. Yet within this gory tale lurks a beautiful romance between Victoria and Albert proving that love can conquer all. VERDICT Recommended for historical urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans.—Patricia Altner, Biblioinfo.com, Columbia, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061991332
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 406,568
  • File size: 578 KB

Meet the Author

A. E. Moorat is the pseudonym of author Andrew Holmes whose first novel, Sleb, was shortlisted for the 2002 WHSmith New Talent Award in the UK. His other novels are All Fur Coat, 64 Clarke, and Rain Dogs and Love Cats, all of them dark, funny thrillers which were critically well received in the UK, earning him comparisons with Martin Amis and Elmore Leonard, among others. His nonfiction work has been of a collaborative nature and most recently he has worked with New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook on Peter's book The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club.

Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter marks his return to fiction and his debut in a genre he loves: horror, and currently he is working on a follow-up, provisionally titled Henry VIII, Wolfman, a companion piece insofar as it is set in the same world and features the same mythology. He lives in the English countryside with his wife and two children.
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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    You Won't Forget This Book!

    Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** When I saw the cover for Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter, I had a vision of the journey I was about to take. I saw an older Queen, her long suffering nation, and a crap load of zombies. So imagine my shock when I opened the first page, started reading, and discovered my first impression was way off the mark. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter is smart, hilarious, gory, and so unlike anything on the market that you can't help but question your own morals and depravity for deriving enjoyment from reading it.

    The book is actually a mash-up of intertwined stories that come together. You have Lord Quimby and his manservant Perkins who have found a way to reanimate the dead, Queen Victoria who comes to power at an early age and finds herself falling in love with the quiet and even-tempered Prince Albert, and the demon slaying Maggie Brown who has taken a vow to protect the new sovereign from harm while ensuring the evil taint which would overtake the world remain in hell where they belong. There is a lot of interplay, with plot twists and turns that will throw you for a whammy.

    As the story progresses, all of the wonderfully developed characters play their part, and the result is a fascinating tale that is as macabre as it is brilliant. Each storyline presents a little something for everyone. Be it gore (zombie or demon style, courtesy of Lord Quimby), romance (Victoria and Albert's love story is exceptional and well written for the page time provided them), or campy action (Maggie Brown has cemented a place at the top of my all time favorite characters list). Added in for good measure are demon politics, dark plans to take over the world, and dastardly villains who would rip Victoria and Albert apart if given the chance.

    While not for everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter. Although it is not a romance novel per se, Victoria and Albert have several scenes that will grip the heart, and the threat to their happiness eventually brings their love front and center. I would recommend this story to anyone who has been searching for something dark, comical, and different. This is definitely one book that, like it or not, you won't be able to forget.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    A Fun Romp!

    This was a fun book if a bit gory at times.It is very camp and humorous.
    Set in the time of Queen Victoria and there are demons and zombies running around .
    Queen Victoria is a pretty tough demon hunter, she can swing an ax with the best of them. I also liked the fact that the head of her Protektors is a woman and the best on her team is also a woman.This Queen Victoria is no girly girl she doesn't take crap from anyone and has a mind of her own!
    The Supporting characters are great Quimby & Perkins will make you laugh.
    The last 100 pages were filled with action and the ending makes you wonder if there will be another one,although the story is wrapped up well.
    All in all a fun romp.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

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    fun supernatural historical thriller

    At the time of the Fall, Lucifer descend into hell with his followers except for Baal and his clan who hr ordered to remain on earth to sow discord and cause wars between the human race. The demons of Baal lost their immortality, but still exist as Queen Victoria will learn on June 19, 1837 when a succubus tries to assassinate her. The Royal ProteKtor and demon hunter Maggie Brown saves the life of Her Highness.

    Her new Prime Minister Lord Melbourne tells her bout demons living in England. Meanwhile Lord Quimby unaware of evil in the country is creating zombies in order to conduct medical experiments. Queen Victoria ignores demonic threats as she prepares to marry her beloved Prince Albert. They are happy together unril werewolves under the command of someone close to the thrown abduct Albert. Victoria plans to rescue her husband even if it means entering hell.

    This supernatural historical thriller has cross genre appeal as Victoria proves to be a nineteenth century Lara Croft; a fighter who understands she must put England and her people first, Albert second. She risks her life to rescue Albert, who has concealed a secret from his wife that could change the course of the future. Magic, mayhem, and royal intrigue combine to make Queen Victoria Demon Slayer an entertaining spellbinder.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Well written fun read

    I cant believe this was only 99cents. Great book, gory, well written, fun, awesome battle scenes, even romance. No negatives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Highly entertaining read!

    If one enjoys such novels as 'Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies' or classical novels with a fascinating twist of uniqueness played upon the original plot or hstorical events described there within. Then this novel is an exvellent blend of both historical fact, interspersed with hilarious supernatural threats to both the English throne as well as to the country as a whole. Throughly enjoyed this one, yet am finding another novel by the same author regarding Henry VIII as a werewolf to not be quite as enthralling as this one was. Regarding proper ages for this book, that rests upon the maturity level of the intended reader. In my case, both my 9 & 12 year olds found it to be hilarious and actually encouraged them to look into the history of that time period on their own. Highly recommend as a book well worth stealing sometime away from the hectic pace of life, so that one can be a part of an adventure quite unlike any other novel written regarding the reign of Queen Victoria.

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