The Queen Is Dead (Immortal Empire Series #2)

The Queen Is Dead (Immortal Empire Series #2)

by Kate Locke
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The Queen Is Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Kate Locke continues to dazzle readers with her spunky, fierce heroine, Xandra Varden. The Immortal Empire series began with God Save the Queen where Locke introduced readers to an alternate world where England is still under the rule of Queen Victoria, and she's not human. In fact she's one of the plagued, supernaturals with the blood of werewolves, vampires, or goblins. Xandra learned shocking truths that changed her view of her family and of the Aristocracy, the people she believed, as a half-blood, she was born to protect. Now that Xandra knows that she is actually a fully plagued goblin, she has to choose whether she'll officially accept their crown or walk away from it all. The Queen is Dead is just as fascinating and fantastically cool as God Save the Queen! As readers are guided deeper into Xandra's world the more intricate it seems. There are many secret plots afoot and Xandra stumbles upon them as she searches for her missing brother. Val was investigating the disappearances of half-bloods from Freak Show, but taken when he came too close to the truth. It takes all of Xandra's resources, which included enlisting the help of her goblins, to wade through the deceptions put forth by the Aristocracy. After the death of Xandra's younger sister, Dede, life hasn't gone back to normal. Xandra has separated from her brother and sister, living alone in a mostly human neighborhood. Even there she's targeted by the Human League and the press; the public is afraid of the Queen of Goblins. The one constant in a life in which normal is no longer definitively defined is Vex MacLaughlin, but even Xandra's burgeoning relationship could be pushed past its limits. Vex's wolves are pushing for a political alliance with the goblins. Even Xandra's mother, Juliet, is pushing for an alliance with her faction of rebels. Xandra's mother is another aspect of The Queen is Dead that makes it even more intriguing. Since discovering that her mother is not only alive, but she's the leader of traitors to the Crown, she hasn't quite recovered from the shock. Xandra is someone who would protect another to the death, just for the fact that they're blood related, but she doesn't quite have that mentality when it comes to her mother. I thought it was sad that Xandra doesn't have the strongest relationship with either of her parents, but it doesn't change how powerful or thoughtful she is. She's one of those characters that make you believe she's more than the figment of a brilliant author's imagination, a character you could could on to have your back when life gets too rough. I love the direction this series is going. Locke knows how to keep you interested in a world that's so different from our own with great characterization and suspenseful storytelling. When I think of the Immortal Empire series I think of fantasy with a edgy twist and an unpredictability that keeps shocking and intriguing me. I am waiting in strained patience for Long Live the Queen! *Book provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Masquerader888 More than 1 year ago
This Series Continues to Delight with The Queen is Dead Second books often either expand upon the genius of a first work or bury it; I am happy to be able to say that The Queen is Dead did not dig its own grave but rather marked yet another stunningly original and creative journey into The Immortal Empire. Picking up two months after the ending of God Save the Queen this book was an amazingly fun ride from page one. Addressing all of the loose ends left in the first book, this story had amazing range covering political intrigue in such a way as to make it light and relatable while still having enough action and personal growth to feel grounded. I was thoroughly immersed in the world that Ms. Locke created and unlike the Machiavellian density of many political dramas found the world-building in this story to encompass tensions between races and political parties without being defined by them. I love the characters in this series. That this story allowed for Xandy to experience a realistic degree of trepidation for change without devolving into a whiny irritant was a balancing act I don’t often see and one that was done brilliantly. Vex is truly my hero; it is so nice to see immortality depicted with a gaining of maturity instead of angst; that he is almost too good to be true adds an edge that I enjoyed reading. As far as memorable side characters go, it would be hard to beat Penny Dreadful. Colorful personified she is a joy to experience. All told, this series to date it the total package: Fun characters, intriguing plot-lines and a world that takes on a life of its own. The only criticism I have is that I will have to wait so long for the next installment. I could give The Queen is Dead nothing less than five stars.
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MarlenaM More than 1 year ago
The second book is even better than the first! I love the way the story is built on the first, and leading up to the third. I refuse to give away any plots, but I totally recommend this series!
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
The Queen Is Dead is the second book in The Immortal Empire trilogy by Kate Locke. This series is fantastic, and I hate the thought that this series isn't any longer, I don't want to say goodbye to these characters that I've fallen in love with. Kate has a way of drawing you in with her captivating writing and equally entertaining and lovable characters. I'm going to try and make this review as spoiler free as possible for those who haven't yet gotten around to reading any of the two books (and if you haven't well then you need to remedy that A.S.A.P!). After the events at the end of the first book 'God Save The Queen', our heroine Vandra is having to get accustomed to her new role, whilst trying to put off making it official all the while trying to come to terms with the way her life has changed dramatically, after the shock of discovering what she really is as well as the betrayal and lies of those who kept it hidden from her and whom she thought that she could trust.  I'm so excited that we get more of the smexi Alpha wolf Vex, I love his character and his relationship with Vandra, especially in this book when she feels as though he is the only one that she can trust. Vandra's relationship with the Goblin horde/plague strengthens in this book with more page time devoted to them and their lives underground, we also get to spend more time with Goblin Prince William, who is is becoming a major character in this series, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. With the disappearance of her brother Val, Vandra finds herself in a race against time to save him before his captives either use him in a macabre show or start to experiment on him like some of their other prisoners. Full of action, adventure and an extremely kick-ass well dressed heroine. this series will have you intrigued the whole way through. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this alternate reality. This series is a must read for all fans of urban fantasy. Can't wait for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great continuation of the first. I love the characters and the plot. The only bad thing is waiting for the next book.
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wordproblem More than 1 year ago
Feisty heroine, a unique paranormal world, and siblings that have each other's backs. Highly recommended.
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