Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
My take on this book:
I enjoyed reading the story of Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter so I jumped at the chance to read Elizabeth Tudor's foray into vampire hunting. The author does an outstanding job of weaving fact, fiction and paranormal together to produce a story that moved along quickly and kept me interested until the last page. It was very easy to imagine Elizabeth as a vampire hunter, although the way she killed vampires was well,different, I much preferred Abe Lincoln and his axe.
Elizabeth Tudor is about to be crowned Queen Of England, when she learns of the existence of vampires, and that she has inherited the powers of vampire slayer from her mother Anne Boleyn. After learning this she meets the vampire king Mordred,the son of King Arthur who has been waiting a thousand years to claim what he feels is rightfully his the throne of England. He offers Elizabeth the chance at eternal life, to become his queen so that they can rule together.
Elizabeth is a very strong character, having overcome many obstacles to become Queen, she wants to do right by her people, even though she knows she has many enemies. While trying to learn what her powers are as a vampire slayer, she can't resist the pull that she feels toward Mordred. With each vampire kill her powers continue to grow, which surprises Mordred. I think he really underestimated her, believing that she would give in to him willingly, unlike her mother Anne, who chose death over him.
A fun book, that gives readers a somewhat accurate glimpse of history, while adding the twist of vampires and vampire killing. A great read for paranormal fans as well as readers that like a different perspective on historical fiction.
Even though I was provided a copy of this book for review it in no way alters my opinion of this book.