Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter : She Loved Her Country. She Hated Zombies. Paperback
by A. E. Moorat
'There were many staff at Kensington, 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 sceptre, and an arsenal of blood-stained weaponry. Because if Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there's the small matter of the demons to take care of first...But rather than dreaming of demon hunting, it is Prince Albert who occupies her thoughts.
Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere?
With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, 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 ...A E Moorat weaves a seamlessly lurid tapestry of royal biography, gothic horror and fist-gnawing comedy as he lifts the veil on what really took place on the dark and cobbled streets of 19th-century England.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 15/10/2009
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781444700268
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Review by wyvernfriend
Queen Victoria is surprised that when she becomes queen she also inherits an obligation to hunt the demons who threaten England and the stability of the world. However there are certain things about her that she doesn't know and things about the world that she will find shocking.Add to this some zombies and you have a fight on your hands.Now I'm not fond of zombies at all so this coloured my perception of the story, even if I did like Quimby and Perkins, I didn't like them enough to truly enjoy this story. It was interesting and entertaining but not entertaining enough for me to want to hunt up more books by this author.
Review by juniperjungle
This story follows Victoria as she becomes Queen of England, and realises there is more to life than she'd thought. On the night her uncle dies and the throne becomes hers Victoria meets her first demon, and Maggie Brown one of the team of Protektors charged with keeping her safe from them. There is far more that she will have to learn than she'd ever imagined, and all whilst she pursues Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gothe. At the same time in London Lord Quimby holds a party that ends up with a bloodbath and his loyal manservant Perkins being turned into a zombie. Whilst trying to foil a blackmail attempt they start to formulate a plot that will allow them to use their new zombie making skills.<br/><br/>I was fairly dubious before I started reading the book - I'd avoided all of the monster twists on classics but as this was original fiction based on facts I thought it might be okay. I'm no historian so I wasn't too worried about glaring historical inaccuracies - it's worth a mention that there are deliberate anachronisms that may bother readers with an interest in history. <br/><br/>It's really hard to try and describe this book and I think one of the main reasons for this is that there are two main plotlines working throughout the book. Whilst they're both just about working toward the same end point they don't feel very connected. Victoria's plotline does at times feel very thin. I liked the idea of a secret demon hunting team within the royal household and Victoria's involvement with them. I frequently found myself wishing that the author had carried on with her story rather than jumping back to the other main plot. The plot for Quimby and Perkins on the other hand was stronger, it did add a little more graphic detail at times for my tastes but I'm sure many readers will love this. The dark humour that accompanied their story worked really well, I found myself really enjoying it.<br/><br/>I enjoyed some but not all of the characters, there were a number of characters that felt a little panto-like. I would have loved to see more of Victoria and Albert, and the Brown family. The bizarre Jeeves and Wooster style pairing of Quimby and Perkins were wonderful.<br/><br/>I did, in general, enjoy this book though I think I would have enjoyed it far more if the two plotlines had been expanded and given their own books. I suspect that if this had happened the Victoria book would have been the book I had expected to pick up and the Quimby and Perkins book would have been a thoroughly enjoyable bonus.
Review by rnmackrn26
Pretty good, a pleasant diversion, but not meaty enough for a bona fide classic.