New Author Challenge 2013 at the Literary Escapism blog. I've challenged myself to read 25 new authors this year. This is my first new author blog post.
This new-to-me author is Kate Locke who is writing The Immortal Empire series. I'm so glad I found Ms. Locke and it's all because the first book was on sale for $2.99 (the e-book...probably because the second book was coming out in February). I enjoyed the set-up in this first book--the world, the characters and the story.
by Kate Locke
The Immortal Engine, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Orbit, 2012
Synopsis: Blood. Bloomers. Bedlam.
The Victorian Era never ended. It’s 2012 and her Ensanguined Majesty
is still on the throne, the vampire ruler of the British Empire. There
are werewolves too. And Goblins. All brought about by mutations caused
by the plague.
Xandra Vardan is a half-blood, the daughter of a vampire and a human
courtesan. A member of the Royal Guard, she’s supposed to keep the
aristocrats (those of plagued blood) safe, but then her little sister
goes missing and Xandra stumbles upon a secret that not only changes her
life forever, but just might end it if she’s not careful.
And just what’s going on at Bedlam Asylum for the Insane?
I do like the premise of Queen Victoria still on the throne because she's a vampire! This series is a lot of fun to
read and the world Kate Locke has built is complex and interesting. The fact that vampires, werewolves and goblins were created because of mutations caused by the plague is interesting. I liked Xandra and her brother and sisters and by the end of this book I was definitely ready for the next book. Because I enjoyed the first book so much I bought the second book as soon as it was available in February!
by Kate Locke
The Immortal Engine, book 2
Synopsis: Humans are growing restless. Goblins are growing impatient, and the
aristocrats are growing…hungry. Disappearances, hormonal human boys and
Bubonic Betties — it’s all in a night’s work for Xandra Vardan,
reluctant Goblin Queen.
Her brother Val has gotten into something way over his head.
Someone’s sending not so subtle hints to Xandra (dead rats, anyone?).
There’s tension amongst the wolf-pack, and the Human League wants blood.
There are rumors of Horror Shows — humans being bled to death for
entertainment — and half-bloods are being abducted.
Xandra just wants a moment’s peace, but she may have to die to get it.
I liked the second book and am looking forward to the third book (Long Live the Queen) which will be published in November. There is romance in these books, but I don't view it as paranormal romance (which I tend not to like), because the emphasis is on the story, characters and a complete world which is not the case in many paranormal romances.