The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

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9781439190333: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

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.

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Weston’s debut novel purports to be the secret diaries of Elizabeth Tudor, Britain’s sixteenth-century Virgin Queen. Centering the story on the tumultuous few weeks surrounding Elizabeth’s coronation in January 1559, Weston quickly reveals that Elizabeth is far more than Queen of England; she’s also a descendant of Morgaine Le Fay (through Anne Boleyn) and is fated to battle for the future of England against its ancient enemy, Mordred, son of Arthur, and a vampire. The flowery, Renaissance-era language lends some verisimilitude to the text, while the first-person narration establishes the character of this very different Elizabeth. The short time frame gives the story focus, and repeated encounters between Elizabeth and Mordred heighten the drama. Devotees of the Tudor Queen may be put off by the vampire-slayer gambit, but if they give Weston’s alternate history a chance, they may find it intriguing, especially the explanation offered for Elizabeth’s refusal to marry. Suggest to readers who enjoyed Kostova’s The Historian (2005) but could do with something faster paced. --Jessica Moyer

From Publishers Weekly:

A highly palatable fusion of dark fantasy, historical fiction, and Arthurian legend, this first installment of an audacious new mashup series features Queen Elizabeth as Britain's only hope to defeat an "ancient foe" threatening to overwhelm the land. The narrative, presented as a recently unearthed secret diary, begins when an encounter with Anne Boleyn's ghost awakens Elizabeth's latent supernatural powers. With powerful enemies watching her every move, the young queen is informed of an even more pressing concern: Mordred, a thousand-year-old vampire--who happens to be the bastard son of King Arthur--wants to turn Elizabeth into one of the undead and rule England by her side. Powered by exceptional character development, a meticulously detailed portrayal of 1559 London, and brisk pacing, this utterly readable novel will more than satisfy fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike. (Jan.)
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