The year is 2012 - and Queen Victoria still rules with an immortal fist. She's the undead matriarch of a Britain where the aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where technology lives side by side with magic, where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include un-death) and hysteria is the popular affliction of the day. Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it's her duty to protect the aristocracy. But things get complicated when her sister goes missing. Xandra will not only realise she's the prize in a dangerous power struggle - but she'll also uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire itself.
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Entertaining story, shame about the narrator
I enjoyed the story itself, it was entertaining with some new twists for the genre.
The narrator's decidedly iffy 'English' accent started out being slightly annoying. My initial feeling was that it was a book set in London and populated by British characters so why on Earth couldn't they find a British woman to narrate it???!!! This soon turned into it being a case of gritting my teeth before turning the mp3 player on to hear the next instalment.
At one point, I was playing 'spot the worst pronounced word' and 'tomb' pronounced 'choom' has to be it (and possibly the worst-ever example of over-compensating for being American whilst attempting a British accent).
Unfortunately, the werewolf boyfriend is Scottish, so she attempted to impersonate Sean Connery for him... sometimes. Other British regional accents, thankfully, she mainly didn't even attempt.
I think I could've overlooked her multiple misreadings and ignoring punctuation if I wasn't already so on-edge about her accents...
If they wanted an American to read the book, why didn't they let her read it in her own accent? That would have been slightly weird, but far preferable.
Please, please, American publishers of audio books, let a British person decide whether a fellow American is GOOD at British accents!!!!