This week for Steampunk Saturday, I have a review for the second book in the Immortal Empire Series from Kate Locke. I first read this series a while back when I got a copy of the first book at BEA. Being snowed in over the last few weeks has given me time to read the other two books in the series and they were just as great as the first book. Here's the cover and Goodreads blurb:
Nothing lasts forever---and immortality isn't all its cracked up to be.
When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it's up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to being a suspect in a murder investigation, a werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy, and Xandra barely knows which way is up. One thing she does know is that she's already lost one sibling, she's not about to lose another.
I loved this second book in the series because it did not stagnate. It continued to pull the reader along with Xandra as she searches for her missing brother and deals with the repercussions of everything that she learned in book one. I loved seeing how Xandra was growing into her own as her own person and not just what her father and society expected her to be. I enjoyed seeing Vex with Xandra because he is so secure in himself that he is comfortable allowing her to be her own person and to make her own choices. William is an interesting goblin. He really is. We learn so much more about the goblins and their culture over the course of this book and it is really awesome to see. I adore this series and was sad to see the end of it after tearing through the last two books over the course of a few days. These are somewhat adult and gory so be warned but I highly recommend this series!
You can click here to find the Immortal Empire Series on Goodreads. You can also check out Kate's website. I give The Queen is Dead 4 Fairies for a wild ride through alternative London with the Goblin Queen and her colorful family and friends.