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.'
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?
Yes this was every bit as ridiculous as the name implies.
The story concerns the young Queen's ascent to the throne and the
discovery that there was an age old demonic conspiracy against her and
that she was unwittingly on the wrong side.
For the first two thirds of the book I was quite enjoying it. It had
some nice set pieces, it played fast and loose with Victoria's life
story and in Maggie Brown (the royal protector) it had a funny and
engaging character. About two thirds in though I lost all impetus to
read it and the last bit became a bit of a chore. I don't think it was
the books fault, it pretty much ended as it began. I just lost interest
I did finally finish it some two weeks later and it certainly wasn't
awful. Mindless, cliched and fairly inconsequential yes. But not awful.