Friday, December 10, 2010

[ARC Review] - The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

Title: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer
Author: Lucy Weston
Genre: Paranormal/Historical Fiction
Release Date: December 21, 2010

I received this book for review from Simon & Schuster.

Summary:  Sovereign Power. Eternal Pleasure.

Revealed at last in this new vampire saga for the ages: the true, untold story of the “Virgin Queen” and her secret war against the Vampire King of England. . . .

On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, to learn the truth about her bloodline—and her destiny as a Slayer. Born to battle the bloodsucking fiends who ravage the night, and sworn to defend her beloved realm against all enemies, Elizabeth soon finds herself stalked by the most dangerous and seductive vampire of all.

He is Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur, who sold his soul to destroy his father. After centuries in hiding, he has arisen determined to claim the young Elizabeth as his Queen. Luring her into his world of eternal night, Mordred tempts Elizabeth with the promise of everlasting youth and beauty, and vows to protect her from all enemies. Together, they will rule over a golden age for vampires in which humans will exist only to be fed upon. Horrified by his intentions, Elizabeth embraces her powers as a Slayer even as she realizes that the greatest danger comes from her own secret desire to yield to Mordred . . . to bare her throat in ecstasy and allow the vampire king to drink deeply of her royal blood.

As told by Lucy Weston, the vampire prey immortalized in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this spellbinding account will capture your heart and soul—forever.

Thoughts: Hours before she is about to be crown the Queen of England, Elizabeth Tudor learns the secret of her bloodline and her destiny of being a vampire slayer.  On hearing this news she brushes it aside until she comes face to face with  the ever seductive vampire, Mordred. 

I've become a fast fan of alternative histories.  The love the twists and suspense that comes from the mixing of history with fiction. I have always been intrigued with the Tudor dynasty so I was elated to receive this book for review.

The Secret History is an enthralling read. Creative and exciting. I loved the melding of Tudor history and the folklore of King Arthur.  Elizabeth was a strong Queen and a women ahead of her time. This book is written in such a way that yes,  she could have pulled off being a vampire slayer as well.  The only thing I didn't like was the manner in which Elizabeth killed vampires, I thought it a bit strange. Most Tudor fans will enjoy this story, especially fans that have a love for the paranormal.

Score: 4 Stars

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  1. I'm in the middle of this one and so far completely agree. It was a bit out of sorts in the manner of her killing. Thanks for the review!



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