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Audio Review: Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke

Long Live the Queen

The Immortal Empire, #3
Kate Locke

Genre: SteamPunk/UrbanFantasy
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Date of Publication: November 12, 2013
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 10 hrs and 19 mins

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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.

This was the third and final installment in The Immortal Empire series and I was so sorry to see it end.  I actually had to take a break after listening to this series. I was experiencing a doozy of a book hangover and just wasn't quite ready to dive into something else. I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about.

I knew from the very beginning of book 1, God Save the Queen, that the author wasn't afraid of heading into the dark side and killing off likable characters. In book 2, The Queen is Dead, Ms. Locke ups her game and shows us the brutal underbelly of London and we get up close and personal with some of the worst parts London has to offer.  In this final book, Long Live the Queen, we find out that what we thought we knew and what is really going on are two completely different things.  There are so many twists, turns and misdirection, that I was completely fooled, right to the very end.

I am afraid to say too much for fear of giving a spoiler.  So, let's just say that you need to read books 1 and 2 before you read 3 and that the ending knocked my socks off. 5 bloody brilliant stars!

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