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Monday, July 5, 2010

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (374 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

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.

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.