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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 batSovereign 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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The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer Reviews

  • Grace Tjan
    2018-11-20 20:30

    WARNING: THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD.THE SECRET HISTORY OF ELIZABETH TUDOR VAMPIRE SLAYERACT ISCENE I. London. An ante-chamber in the palace.The newly crowned QUEEN sits in her private chamber, still in her coronation regalia.ELIZABETHNow I sit on the throne of England, the sceptr’d isle,Cloak’d in ermine, my sire’s crown on my fiery head.The sire who killed my mother for the sin of being a woman;He whose beard was red as fire, and whose terrible temperSent too many worthy men and women to the scaffold.But never mind --- I am Queen Regnant.England shall be strong and proud;Free of the Spaniards, the Pope or other menaces foreign and domestic,And true religion shall hold sway over its abbeys and churches,Driving away papist superstitions that flourish’d during my sister’s reign.Enters the POPE.POPEI will smash the BITCH!Exits the POPE.ELIZABETHWTF!?Here come my advisors, wise and noble men I esteem above all others.Enter DOCTOR JOHN DEE, WILLIAM CECIL, SIR FRANCIS WALSINGHAM and LORD ROBERT DUDLEY, who all curtsy to the QUEEN.ELIZABETHDoctor Dee the Magus who foretold the day of my sister’s deathThus saving my life;William Cecil my most trusted aide, the one I call my Spirit;Sir Francis the schoolmaster cloak’d in black, the wiliest of spies; andLord Robert, my Robin, him of beauteous countenance, Tall and limber with the grace of a natural horseman,Clad in burgundy velvet, his mustache and beard finely oiled.His legs, which are uniformly acknowledged to be excellentWell turn’d in black hose, his hot mouth ---DOCTOR DEEMajesty!ELIZABETH flusteredMy good doctor --- ‘tis dead of the night. What is it that you wish to speak to me about?DOCTOR DEEWe come on a matter touching on the security of the realm,A threat so strange and sinister, so defying of all mortal reasonThat must now be reveal’d to you.Now that the conjunction of the planet is favorable,You must come with us to the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower.Trust us and do not tarry,Time is fleeting and there is much to accomplish!Exeunt.SCENE II. Tower of London. Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula.ELIZABETH and the GENTLEMEN ADVISORS enter the CHAPEL, and stand before a flagstone slab --- the grave of ANNE BOLEYN.ELIZABETH‘Tis my mother’s grave! What is happening?MIST rises from the GRAVE, and a GHOSTLY VOICE is heard to speak.THE GHOST OF ANNE BOLEYNMy daughter,Accept this power and do not fear your duty.Embrace it that this realm May be preserved against the scourge of evil that has come upon it!ELIZABETH shimmers with otherworldly light and then slumps unconscious to the CHAPEL’s floor. DOCTOR DEE and CECIL catch her.ELIZABETHSlowly regainining consciousnessWhat is happening to me?What magic do you conjure? You know I forbid sorcery in my realm! DOCTOR DEEIt worked! Her Majesty has awaken’d!Your Majesty, you are experiencingThe result of a confluence of heavenly alignments,Occurring only once in each millennium,That in combination with the unique qualities of your own nature, And in the presence of your late mother’s mortal remains, From whose bloodline your calling comes,Has awakened in you certain hitherto latent powers.ELIZABETHHUH?!WILLIAM CECILYour Majesty, you are the one whose coming had been long predicted.Our realm is under threat from a dread enemy, More terrible than any you can imagine.It can only be defeated by the most extraordinary powers, whichGrace to God, we believe you now possess.ELIZABETHOf what enemy do you speak?The Pope, who threatens to excommunicate me?The Spaniards, who unless I agree to marry their king,Will turn all their might to my destruction?The French…the Irish…the Scots…the Welsh?WILLIAM CECILAn ancient foeCome to this kingdom in the time of Arthur.They go by several names,But they are known to us as VAMPIRES.Arthur fell to his son Mordred,Who chose the path of darkness,Becoming a vampire to gain the powerTo defeat his royal father.He sought to rule this realm for eternity,But was stopped by the first of the great vampire slayersFrom whom you descend directly.Morgaine La Fey, who defeated MordredLeaving him with only a withered remnant of his revenant kingdom.Now it falls to you to complete her workELIZABETH TUDOR THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!Exeunt.ACT IISCENE I. London. The great hall at Southwark Manor.Enter MORDRED and his followers.MORDREDHere I am, king of the undeadSulking in my palace, where I was born to my sire a thousand years agoAmidst spirited dancing, dice playing and blood sucking Alone I sit, pining for Elizabeth the Queen Regnant.She who I sought to be my consort.Together we shall rule over Arthur’s kingdom, the living and the undead,And drive away all foreign invaders from England’s white cliff’d shores.Alas, she is unwillingAnd with her awesome powers slays my revenant troop.But I shall subdue and have herWin her away from that treacherous pretty boy DudleyMy beautiful, stubborn, pale skinned, fiery haired Elizabeth!Exeunt.SCENE II. London. The Palace.Enter ELIZABETH, SIR FRANCIS and LORD ROBERT.ELIZABETHSir Francis! Pray tell us nowOf your discoveryOf our dreadful enemy’s secret!SIR FRANCISThe hard-earn’d fruit of many a day skulking aroundThe vile, monstrous vampire king and his loathsome ilk,At a great cost to body and soulI have discovered that they slumber in daylightA slumber that is like death.When they lie on their bier in the Manor’s ancient crypt,Slay them while they sleep their sweet dreamless slumber!Exits.LORD ROBERTAbsolutely not!You shall not go to himThe danger is too great.As your lover and protector, though not, alasYour lawfully wedded husbandI shall never allow you to endanger yourself!ELIZABETHI am Queen! I will not be controlled By anyone ---Man or vampire!And I shall not suffer a manTo hold the power of a husband over my headNeither you nor any crown’d prince!LORD ROBERTBows, and then valiantly draws his sword.Very well, Your Majesty,But nothing shall keep me from your side.Exeunt.SCENE III. The crypt of Soutwark Manor.Enter ELIZABETH, LORD ROBERT, SIR FRANCIS and DOCTOR DEE.ELIZABETHThere he is!The king of vampires that I must slay,Arthur’s son turned evilSlumbering on his bier.Cloak’d entirely in black, not quite unfetchingQuite handsome in his own way.No --- quite simply the most beautiful being that I have ever seenHe smells of the wind and night…But no one shall threaten my realm Queen I am, and I shall rid England of this dangerous fiend!With all her might, ELIZABETH sends a bolt of lightning toward the sleeping MORDRED. MORDRED abruptly awakens and swiftly leaps away before it hits him.MORDREDElizabeth! You cannot destroy me!Join your power to mine instead, and together we shall live eternalRuling over England, keeping her safe.I know that you and I are destined to be together!They fight. MORDRED suddenly swoops on LORD ROBERT and flies away with him.ELIZABETHNo! Let go of my Robin , you foul fiend!I shall find you wherever you hide your sorry vampire behind!Exeunt.ACT III.Scene I. London. An abandoned warehouse by the docks.Enters ELIZABETH, swooping down into the warehouse.ELIZABETHThis must be it!My heightened senses, greater than any hound'sperceived your whereaboutsGuided by the scent of your imported laudanum.Kicks bolted door open.Robin! Is that you, my love?LORD ROBERTSlowly rises.Elizabeth --- My God, is it really you?Enters MORDRED, lifting LORD ROBERT by his throat and dangling him from the roof of the warehouse.MORDREDJust when it seemed that you and I are making genuine progress.ELIZABETHOnly I --- Queen and Slayer both --- can protect this realm from you!MORDREDVery well, Your MajestyYou have made your choice.Drops LORD ROBERT into the THAMES.ELIZABETHNooo!TO BE CONTINUED IN THE SECRET HISTORY OF ELIZABETH TUDOR VAMPIRE SLAYER PART II.

  • Emily
    2018-12-02 19:42

    Right. It's kinda bad. I'm only a few chapters in and I just can't go any further. Problems thus far:1. Complete lack of originality. Aside from the recent plethora of the "real" stories of historical figures fighting demons or vampires, this author is regurgitating both the Elizabethian history and the Arthurian mythos. Significant lack of creativity on both fronts.2. This author doesn't know how to smoothly incorporate the actual historical events so it's a lot of exposition rather than moving the story along.3. The author is unable to properly deal with two points of view. Instead of using language or place to establish a different speaker, the Mordred parts are all italicized. This gets old very quickly, particularly when it goes on forpages.4. I've saved the best (or worst) for last. Overblown language abounds! The last paragraph on page 22: "When my fangs pierced her throat, she moaned faintly. The fire leapt higher, burning hotter. Tomorrow crept toward us, eclipsing all the yesterdays." Um. Blah.

  • Althea Ann
    2018-12-12 21:20

    Full disclosure: I only read up to page 134 before deciding there was absolutely no point to finishing this. I didn't have high expectations of a pseudonymous vampire novel - but I did expect better than this. I expected some trashy fun costume drama, but this was simply a slog. It's very poorly written, in an annoying first-person present tense, with an awkward mix of faux "old-style" language and contemporary phrasing. The main character, ostensibly Elizabeth Tudor, is not believable as a powerful woman or as a person of her era. None of the characters or settings come to life. The author (who knows who really wrote this thing?) has trouble with the definitions of words (Hint: 'querulous' means 'whiny and complaining', NOT 'questioning and demanding'.)I guess I was supposed to care whether Elizabeth will succumb to the seductive vampire king, who just happens to be Mordred, son of King Arthur(! - why?), but I didn't. And by page 134, there still hadn't been any explicit sex (though there was a bit of swooning and spooning). I was willing to read this for any of the following: historical drama, fun bloody vampire story, or racy scenes. I found none of those.I'll give it this: it has a nice cover. Kudos to the graphic designer.

  • Angelc
    2018-11-24 23:37

    This vampire romance is written in flowery, Victorian language that really gives you a feel for the era and the gothic style of the story. This book will definitely appeal to fans of Victorian vampire stories, the original Dracula story, and mash ups in general.For someone who loves romance as much as I do, I'm just not a fan of literally dropping things because you're so mesmerized at first sight by someone. I think this style of 'love' will really appeal to die hard Edward and Bella fans. Unfortunately, it's an all-consuming, creepy kind of love to me.I might have liked this one more if I had read the original "Dracula" and could identify more with Lucy Weston. Overall, this one just wasn't my style.book sent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com

  • Eve
    2018-11-23 01:17

    I have passed down the length of my life across chasms that threatened one after another to entomb me—the child of tragedy, the target of conspiracy, the queen called bastard and witch borne---all come to this moment.The ribbon has run out and time is gone with it.…I ride certain of my purpose and accepting whatever my fate may be.I am the Slayer and I have come to kill.Meet Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Queen of England. And killer of vampires.The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer as told to Lucy Weston is a story within a story. “Lucy Weston,” otherwise known as Lucy Westenra of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, has come forth with previously unpublished journals of Queen Elizabeth detailing her secret life. More on this literary device later. The meat of the book is Elizabeth’s narrative. The night before she is about to be crowned as Queen of all England, Elizabeth finds out that she has inherited a shocking legacy from her late mother. It seems that they are descended from Morgaine Le Fay and Elizabeth, like Morgaine, has been given unearthly powers to defeat demons that have threatened England since the days of King Arthur – vampires. Just as in history, when the real Elizabeth was pressured to take a king for the good of her country, so is the Elizabeth in this novel now courted by the king of the vampires, none other than Mordred, King Arthur’s 1,000-year-old bastard son. Seductive, beautiful, and powerful, Mordred gives Elizabeth a choice – either be his bride so that they can rule England together or die by his hand. First, who better than the cunning and fiery Elizabeth to cast as a plausible vampire killer? She is the novel's strongest element. This Elizabeth is convincingly portrayed as a complex woman, with the specter of her mother’s death haunting her and strained by the precarious nature of her position. We are already familiar with her as the Virgin Queen, wedded to her realm first and foremost, so it is an easy leap to see her as being its true defender from unholy enemies. The notion that she vowed never to take any man as a husband and therefore give him power to rule her is taken a step further when she struggles not to succumb to her attraction to Mordred. In this novel, Mordred is remade; rather than being completely evil, he has surprising depth and intellect, making him a foe worthy of Elizabeth.Not only is Mordred re-invented, but so are Anne Boleyn and Morgaine Le Fay. No longer evil seductresses, as history and legend have made them out to be, they are now secret vampire slayers who died trying to fight off the vampires’ attacks on England. On the whole, I was delighted with the originality of weaving Arthurian legends with alternative paranormal history. The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer is a marvelous addition to the literary vampire canon.However, I question the gimmick of having the fictional character of “Lucy Weston” stand in for the author. I hope it leads to something that relates more deeply with Elizabeth’s story in the coming books because it seemed unnecessary in this one. I also thought that interweaving Mordred’s first person narrative didn’t flow well with what was supposed to be Elizabeth’s diary entries. “Lucy Weston” explains in the end that in the present day, she had witnessed Mordred telling his version of events in a bar and faithfully recorded his remarks. Sooo, I guess that kind of gives away the fact that Elizabeth ultimately fails in slaying Mordred as she vowed to. I ended up being more curious about who the real author of the book is rather than what’s going to happen in the sequel.

  • Aaron
    2018-11-24 01:35

    On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is preparing to officially take the throne of a country she has been ruling for the past few months. England is recovering from the loss of both of her siblings shortly after the death of her father. The country is surrounded by those who would like to see Elizabeth fail, from the Pope to the leaders of France, Scotland, and Spain. Elizabeth feels like she is up to the challenge.Her closest advisors, Dr. John Dee and Lord Cecil, meet with her to let her know that there is an even bigger challenge. There is an ancient evil that has bedeviled England for hundreds of years, and it will now fall to her to protect England not only from its exterior enemies, but also the hidden one from within.The trouble all started during the time of Camelot. The tales that we heard of Arthur, Mordred and the rest are not as reliable as everyone had assumed. It seems that Mordred, the bastard son of Arthur, had wanted to defend against the invading Saxons, and he was willing to do whatever it took, including allying himself with the vampires that had settled on the island. In doing so, Mordred sacrificed his humanity to become one of the vampires in order to bring about what he thought was needed to defend England. It ended up costing him everything, including his love.Morgaine, a Slayer from his time, was the one thing that stood between the vampires and the human residents of England. While she did not quite succeed in defeating Mordred, her line continued and Elizabeth is of that line. Dee and Cecil believe that she is destined to be the next Slayer to take on Mordred. They prove to not be far off the mark. In fact, Mordred not only arrives, but he appeals to Elizabeth to join him by becoming his queen. Together, they can defend against all of England's enemies.Doing so goes against everything in Elizabeth's nature. She knows that she must defend against the core vampiric evil that is Mordred in order to protect her country from it. And she has additional supernatural powers as well as the support of Dee, Cecil, her beloved Robin Dudley, and a few other trusted court servants to take on the evil.The tale is presented in the form of a diary kept by Elizabeth about the events that has been obtained by Lucy Weston, who many may remember as being one of Dracula's victims in the classic tale written by Bram Stoker. Periodically, Mordred's perspective is presented with what appears to be excerpts from interviews. The result is a very comfortable narrative that brings the characters to life. The author is surprisingly reliable with the way that historical figures are presented as the supernatural elements are embedded into the story. The pace of the novel is quite quick. In fact, the events all occur in about a week's period. Elizabeth quickly gains comfort with the secret history of her country and her own developing powers as she takes on the evil plans of vampires who are far older than her.My one complaint is that the resulting story proves to be the first in what will clearly be a series of stories. While I know that I will look forward to future installments, it would be nice to have a chance to read a book that can tell a complete story in a single volume rather than being drawn into more and more stories. With that said, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I finished in just over a day! Of course, I probably shouldn't be surprised since it merges two of my favorite genres: Tudor England and vampires.

  • Vicky
    2018-12-09 00:36

    Set in the court of Elizabeth I of England, this reads very much like a historical document. Within are all the intrigues that Elizabeth faced from the beheading of her mother Anne, to the perfidy of her sister Mary, to the difficulties of being a single woman in a world where men controlled everything. In addition to this, there is one big difference. Elizabeth just happens to be a vampire slayer.On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth learns of a secret that has been held by her family for a thousand years. She is a direct descendent of Morgaine, a witch in the time of Arthur. Lover of Mordred, she knew that when he became a vampire, his quest for power would know no bounds, not even those of mortal men so she tried to slay him. When that failed, she willed her spirit to continue until the day when one strong enough to face him could. That person is Elizabeth.The book reads as though it is written in Elizabeth’s own hand with a flourish and courtier language that flows. Interspersed with the queen’s chapters are those of Mordred as he attempts to control Elizabeth and convince her to join him in unholy immortality. The characters are true to history and the scene and settings appropriate for the story. At times, the story was a little too detailed as it got bogged down. Even at its most adventurous, it was not a fast, exciting read. Even with the paranormal element, it is still a historical novel and as such, does move slowly. Still, it was a book that once picked, was difficult to put down as I wanted to find out how Elizabeth overcame Mordred.Unfortunately, the ending I expected was not the ending that occurred and I was left most disappointed. Elizabeth does not defeat Mordred. She doesn’t join him, either, but I was still frustrated. Throughout the book, the author leads us on expecting her to slay Mordred and win the day. When this doesn’t happen, I was left with a feeling that reading the story had been a waste of my time. It was a good, if somewhat slow, read right up to the last pages, then the bomb is dropped.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical, especially Elizabethan, novels with a paranormal twist. It is a well written book with rich language, accurate settings, and vivid characters. Just be forewarned about an ending that may leave you less than satisfied.

  • Nikki K
    2018-12-01 17:23

    I was hoping that this book would be like "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter". In that book, you "almost" believed that you were reading a non-fiction story. This book tries so hard to pose itself as a true historical account, that it comes off as over the top. Lucy Weston "supposedly" brought the secret diaries of Elizabeth Tudor to the public to warn us of the threat of vampires to our world. The interview with the author (at the back of the book) concludes suddenly when she flees for safety after receiving a text. Yeah, ok, whatever. I actually rolled my eyes after reading that! Don't get me wrong, I knew that I was buying a fiction book when I picked it up, I'm not naive enough to believe that these were actually Elizabeth's private journals. I was just expecting more of a historical fiction than a fantasy fiction. Last, but not least, the fact that the main character was unrelatable made it even harder to finish the book. Historically, I find Queen Elizabeth I to be a fascinating woman. Unfortunately, this novel makes her not only unlikeable, but she is portrayed as power hungry and cruel. Her only concern in what is supposed to be her most secret thoughts is for the throne and her rule over England. I did not believe she ever had a struggle between love and power. The only reason I believe she was tempted by Mordred's request was to increase her power and not because of the passion that we are asked to believe she feels towards the vampire king. Even though, it would seem admirable for a Queen to only concern herself with her land and people, it would be inhuman to not feel love and passion. I have read that this is to be the first of a series of books. I can guarantee that there will be no temptation in reading the rest of the stories when they are released. I won't waste my time reading more into this tale! Don't waste your time reading this novel, "The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer". It is not an entertaining read.

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2018-11-19 17:20

    2 1/2Not a bad story, but not what I was expecting. I had anticipated something a bit more silly - a fun Elizabethan romp. Instead I got something more serious and, for all that, rather on the melodramatic side. Perhaps if I had read it in a different mood or with different expectations I would've rated it higher.That said, I liked some of the twists presented in the familiar history, and I particularly liked seeing Anne portrayed in a positive light - something of a rarity.On the cons were the repetitive nature of the thoughts and feelings explored in the 'diary' as well as the fact that Mordred is rather gullible and dimwitted for being so old and experienced.Oh, and the abrupt sort of non-ending was kind of off-putting as well.

  • Debbi
    2018-12-01 18:44

    I rate this book a 3.5. I love that it's about Queen Elizabeth and includes Dee, Walsingham, Cecil and Kat! oh, and Robin! I also liked the plot. But...there was too much introspection from Elizabeth - and much of it was repetitive!!! The story needs action and dialogue to show the reader what she's thinking.

  • Oriza Amouri
    2018-12-01 00:30

    I was interested with this book because the vampire slayer plot and alas not that good. I should've listen to my friend advice not to buy book too hasty. The queen wasn't striking me and others too. Interesting plot, in the end the story wasn't that good

  • Janet Wertman
    2018-12-11 17:36

    So take my two stars with a LARGE grain of salt...I am not the right audience for this book. I love historical fiction, the more accurate the better. I really had no business picking this one up except that I figured it would be a good way to see if I liked this whole genre (I chuckle over titles like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" but never tried any). I suspect that this is actually a good example and a fine place to start - I really did enjoy the writing itself. My issues were the historical inaccuracies (though what did I expect given all the details about vampires!) which annoyed me more and more as the story went on and also the sudden ending: the situation felt too unresolved (though again, this I suspect this is a standard convention in this genre that I simply don't know about...)

  • Tommy Sakai
    2018-11-21 21:43

    was a decent read. liked that there was not a ton of violence and more focus on the story. seems to be set for a sequel but I don't see one. that's ok want so great that a sequel was needed

  • Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
    2018-12-12 22:42

    I will also do a video review here at my channel: http://www.youtube.com/magicofbooks"The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer" by Lucy Weston tells the untold story of Elizabeth Tudor's reign. On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth visits the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, and is told of her ancient lineage that has hunted vampires for centuries. The king of the vampires is Mordred, the bastard son of King Arthur. Mordred wants to rule alongside Elizabeth and turn her into a vampire. Elizabeth must fight for the safety of her country, learn to find herself as a newly anointed queen, and fight against her desires for Mordred.I knowingly went into this book not expecting anything outstanding. Most books in this historical-paranormal retelling genre tend to be silly and you're just supposed to go with it and have fun. And while I know that, I still expect the writing to be just as top notch as any other book. This book seemed to be a mess. It started off really interesting. I liked the premise of Elizabeth Tudor being descended from vampire slayers, and that Morgan Le Fay of Arthurian legend is her ancestor through her mother's line. I also was amused with Mordred from Arthurian legend being the king of the vampires. It was after the first couple chapters where things fell apart for me. There is constant talk of hunting vampires, but never any action to do so. Instead we get Elizabeth and Robin (Robert Dudley) constantly arguing and trying to figure out their relationship. And the synopsis of the book makes it sound like Elizabeth and Mordred have some sort of love affair, but there's nothing there. When I think of vampire slayers, Buffy obviously comes to mind, and I think of a slayer as just being someone who goes around fighting and using wooden stakes to dispose of the living dead. In this book, Elizabeth never once uses a wooden stake. Instead she has some weird sort of magical ability where she flings light out at the vampires and they die that way. What? That was so disappointing and kind of lame. I wanted to see Elizabeth literally kicking butt, getting messy, and really being part of the action.The ending of the novel was a big let down. Reading the author interview at the end makes it sound like this is intended to be a series of books with Elizabeth fighting vampires. I don't think I'm even mildly interested in continuing if that's the case. The book had no sort of conclusion, at least not what I was expecting, and it ultimately just went no where. It felt like the novel was reaching the climax...and then suddenly it just stops and you flip the page and the book is done. The use of Mordred was underused and not developed anywhere near as good as it could have been. As a note to anyone who does read this book, "Lucy Weston" is supposed to be a pseudonym. I really had no clue until I read the "author" interview at the back of the book. Apparently Lucy Weston is a character of sorts as well. She found this transcript and published it. Also, Lucy was the inspiration for Lucy Westenra from Bram Stoker's "Dracula," but he changed her last name in the story. So the author is a vampire who is trying to spread the truth about vampirism in England throughout history. Or something like that. A neat idea, but I think this could have been stressed at the beginning of the book instead of the ending in an author interview where most readers probably won't venture.I really enjoyed Seth Graham-Smith's "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter." What I liked about it so much was that the writing was outstanding and I liked how Graham-Smith intelligently rewrote Lincoln's history and just threw in some vampires. It all made sense in the context of the story. And yeah, you weren't supposed to take it seriously, but have fun with it, which I did. The important thing is how well written it was. "Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer" didn't have that same atmosphere to it like "Abraham Lincoln." "Elizabeth Tudor" felt like it was taking itself too seriously and trying to be literary, but it wasn't. At least in "Abraham Lincoln," I really fell in love with the characters and story and Graham-Smith's interesting retelling. I can't say I really liked any of the "Elizabeth Tudor" characters, and like I said, the story really went know where for 300 pages. When I read a book about vampires, I expect their to be action and blood. This, sadly, was a disappointment, though the premise itself had massive potential.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-23 17:44

    People have been hard on this book. Admittedly, I chose it to fulfill my 2017 reading challenge of a book with bad reviews, and I expected to hate it and end up skimming through it. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to be in the minority. I really enjoyed reading this. It isn't as if the characters are extraordinarily developed and the plot is not necessarily ground breaking, but, by god, it was entertaining. And it grabbed my interest quickly. There are many highly rated books about which I cannot say the same. So, in the end, will I rave about this book and recommend it to friends? Probably not. But, was it worth my time? Yes. And there ya go...

  • Angela
    2018-11-13 20:32

    Has there been anything as ridiculous and supercilious as this? No... Probably not. Considering the fact that I actually bothered to waste an hour and a half of my life on this. I demand Ms. Lucy Weston to refund my time wasted. Of course, she can't because she's a vampire. *face palm* Do not ask me about it. Apparently, that is what her bio says. Really? Really? Is that how lame an author can get?I'm about to cry when I say that this book is trash. No, it is definitely worse. If one compared this to crap, I would tell them that they're too kind. Translation: This book deserves to be burned.Why am I being so incredibly harsh, you may ask. Here are the reasons:The PremiseBlah, blah, blah. Vampires and Elizabeth I sounds like a perfect blend, right? Wrong! Completely wrong! If someone answered this test, he or she has failed this and will have to go back to kindergarten. Elizabeth falling in love with Mordred? Please! She's supposed to make out with Mordred, an old geezer of a vampire. No, instead she makes out with Robert Dudley. Yeah, the same guy whose dad tried to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. Too bad, it only lasted 9 days.Basically, Elizabeth does not fall in love with Mordred. No, there is basically no romance in these 300+ pages of trash. I don't even know why I classify it as a romance. Maybe it's because I don't know what to describe it as. Sh*t? Most definitely. Really? If one advertises the book as a romance, make it a romance.ElizabethWhere is my beloved Elizabeth I that I have come to respect over the years? Lost, she has been replaced by some moronic little wimp who will never amount to anything. Throughout the whole book, she is power-hungry, albeit idiotic in trying to be power-hungry, unfortunately. I thought a girl like her, who knows like 10 languages would have enough brain cells to figure out what to do with a weirdo vampire stalker who is too old to hook up with. Unfortunately, this was not to be. Elizabeth turned into what I consider a masochist and sadist rolled into one to make a seriously deranged queen for England. If this was the true Elizabeth, England would be down for the count.MordredWho was supposed to be a hot, daring vampire ready to be the "bad boy" of historical dramas became a masochist who had no problem with Elizabeth killing his kin. I am not sure whether this shows his devotion to love her or not because it is repeatedly stated that he wants to use Elizabeth to rule England. Honestly, I am not positive of which one is worse. Both seem idiotic because the two combined is a deathly toll on this book as a whole.VampiresThe lack of vampire-ness of this is seriously horrifying. If the title mentions the word "vampire," I would believe that the center of the novel would be vampire, right? That's all I can say.LanguageI cry you mercy (I beg your pardon) Ms. Lucy Weston for repeatedly insulting your novel that lacks even basic Shakespeare language. If Shakespeare uses those words, shouldn't Elizabeth as well?EndingLet x=WTF, y=*eye roll* and z=*throwing book around the room*The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer's Ending= (xyz)^∞. Which basically means, the ending sucked a whole lot. Not only was the ending very ambiguous, the author just had to add extra little things to make the reader giggle, I guess.Like this:"At this point in the interview, Ms. Weston received a text. Upon reading it, she indicated her need to depart immediately. Further efforts to contact her have been unsuccessful."Oh the horror!!!No, not reallyIt seems quite obvious that a book like this is impossible to enjoy. I beg you all to never try or even look at this repulsive thing.

  • Pam Victorio
    2018-12-01 01:42

    Let me start this review by saying that I have read tons of Tudor literature. From Weir’s actual histories, to Jean Plaidy’s historical fictions and much more in the realm of Tudor and not once have I ever read a book that no matter how much I loved it or thought the book was a fantastical representation have I ever thought that Elizabeth’s voice was so truly portrayed. In the moonlight, the scaffold appears to be made of bleached bones from one of the leviathans that wash up on our shores from time to time to general alarm, for what godly world encompasses such creatures? The platform is raised high above the crowd of gray shadows gathered around its base. A woman climbs slowly, carrying the weight of her anguish and fear. She holds her hands clutched in front of her, asthough in prayer. Stepping out onto the platform, she steps into the beast’s gaping maw and is devoured. Sometimes the woman in my vision is my mother; other times she is I.I felt that Weston’s writing and dialogue were so true to how I imagine Elizabeth that I was instantly drawn into her novel and I stayed interested all the way through. If you know my blog at all you will know that I am in no way a fan of mash-ups. I really dislike the concepts of most and laugh at the ridiculousness of the elemental plot, and have tried to read several usually abandoning them by page twenty or so.The beginning of this novel takes a young Elizabeth through her coronation and shows us the start of the Golden Age as it began. However Elizabeth is immediately met with a supernatural problem that will affect all of her beloved England in the form of Mordred the bastard son of Arthur who did not die on the battlefield when he slayed his father as historical accounts portray. He was in fact given a choice for eternal life and has waited thousands of years for Elizabeth, an actual descendant of Morgaine le Fey to be born so that he can turn her and rule England always with his eternal queen. A king cannot afford to show weakness. I learned that from my father, who learned it too late to save himself. I was his weakness, as it happens. Arthur loved me despite my failings, so he claimed, when all I wanted was to be loved for them. Tant pis, as the French say. Too bad.Elizabeth being Protestant has some immediate issues with Mordred’s offer. How can she risk her immortal soul even if Mordred promises her he can make England the capitol of the world and save her from her mortal enemies such as The Pope, and her Spanish brother-in-law? She is captivated by Mordred’s beauty but as she learns the twisted vine he has wielded to make sure she became Queen some day and what people in her life were sacrificed by him to make that an assurance her will to defeat him becomes even stronger. Even with her slaying powers will it be enough to defeat the ethereally gorgeous King of the Vampire?The characters that Weston has used in this fictionalized Elizabethan Age are a perfect pick, the book moves quickly while building on suspense and giving you just enough details and back story as you go to keep you hooked. The book was slated for release in early January but the release was bumped up to today! So you can grab a copy for yourself and one for a friend for Christmastime! I highly suggest that you do so whether you are a fan of the mash-up or like me a skeptic of the sub-genre.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-26 19:26

    The story is of Queen Elizabeth with a different hue to color the history. On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth's powers awaken and she becomes a vampire slayer. I have two minds regarding this story.#1 mind is truly impressed with the readability of the history of Queen Elizabeth. Without boring the reader, the author succinctly sums up Elizabeth's life up to this point. In the course of telling the story, more is revealed regarding her history. Plainly put, Elizabeth is the child of King Henry VIII who had his wife, Anne Bolyne beheaded. The reasons for her beheading, according to the history books, are accurately portrayed. Incredibly, the author stays true to Elizabeth's qualities as the pious Virgin Queen who kept the Pope and suitors at arm's length without committing herself one way or the other. This was crucial to the Queen's character as the sister Bloody Mary, the self-righteously indignant Catholic who imprisoned Elizabeth for maintaining her Anglican faith. Due to the religious crack, Elizabeth's long reign is miraculous and politically well played.Additionally, the author describes the English scenery, castles, cathedrals, etc. with accuracy and tangible description. She also includes details in the story itself that allow the reader to envision the show downs.Which brings me to mind #2. Painting Elizabeth as a vampire slayer is ludicrous so perhaps the books should be humorous. Although there are moments of humor, this is a history book with a vampire flavor. It should be weird. Truly and bizarrely, strange. And yet it works.The book works because the author meticulously works with all of the possible arguments that this could not be true and dispels them. There is no way this woman slept for the entire time she was creating this story. It is very complete and compelling. Using real historical figures from Elizabeth's circle, she weaves a story together with vampires that explains the death of Anne Bolyne, adding that Anne had only to agree to give the Mordred, the vampire king, her only daughter when she came of age. Anne refused and Mordred did not intercede. Elizabeth's long reign in such a fractured society is puzzling, at best, although can be explained to some degree by her politicking. On the other hand, there were many countries who wanted the British Isles and saw Elizabeth as easy pickin's. Couldn't a stronger power be at work to protect her reign? Although she credited God, Mordred credited himself by taking out warriors on their journey to kill the queen. Putting the vampire story aside, I will reiterate that the book provides a succinct yet comprehensive history of the time and life of Elizabeth. Add the vampires and you have a story to return to, if you are not interested in history. I bored of Elizabeth's constant internal dialogue. I liked it and probably would have liked it more if it were my first introduction to Elizabeth, Anne, and Henry. I just became bored too easily. Still, the book is very well written.

  • StephanieG
    2018-11-20 22:39

    It is 1559 and Elizabeth Tudor is about to be crowned Queen when she is told unbelievable news. She not only learns of the existence of vampires but that she is to be a Slayer. Not long after she is told the startling news Elizabeth is visited by Mordred, son of King Arthur and King of the vampires. He has come to give Elizabeth the chance to rule at his side forever as Queen or suffer the same as her mother Anne Boleyn.Elizabeth Tudor is the the virgin Queen who against all odds managed to not only grow to become a woman, despite the best efforts of those who wished to see her dead, but become supreme ruler of England. Women simply did not have such power at this time in history so there was a lot working against Elizabeth. To make things even more challenging she learns that she is a vampire slayer and must protect her country from a whole new threat. No pressure right?We get to see different sides of Elizabeth. There is the Queen who wishes to do right by her people but demands to be seen and respected as a King would. There is the Slayer who is learning about her powers and bloodline including more about her mother Anne Boleyn and her distant relation to Morgaine Le Fey. Then there is the woman who wants to be have her lover Robin without the expectation of marriage. The Queen, Slayer and woman all blend together to create this intelligent, determined, strong yet feminine character that you admire and respect.While Elizabeth deeply cares for Robin, she can't help be drawn towards the vampire King Mordred. Mordred is the bastard son of King Arthur who killed him after he became a vampire. He and Morgaine were lovers but Morgaine being a Slayer, well there was only one way for the relationship to end. A thousand years later Mordred knows that Elizabeth is to become the next Slayer but instead of killing her, he wishes to make her a vampire and rule over all as King and Queen. Mordred is a cunning and powerful vampire but underestimates Elizabeth. What he thought would be a simple conquest turns out to be trouble for him and his kind. I love the interaction between the two characters. Elizabeth keeps Mordred on guard and surprises him with her quickly growing powers and Mordred tempts Elizabeth like none have before. Each scene together was a great to read because you didn't know if they were going to try and kill each other or come closer to giving in to their carnal desires.The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer as told by Lucy Weston (from Dracula) is told from the dairy pages of Elizabeth herself but the story switches off from being told by Mordred and Elizabeth. This was an enjoyable and well written book. It was fantasy and historical fiction mixed with romance that wasn't overpowering but just right. Elizabeth coming into her powers as both Queen and Slayer is the main focus of this book. The detail put into this book actually makes you think that this could have really happened. I will continue this series if another is released.Stephanie G

  • Amy Bunn
    2018-11-15 23:30

    If you take a look at my bookshelf, you'll see that I read a little bit of everything, but one of the tags that comes up frequently is "Tudors." I've read both fictional and factual works on that turbulent time period in England's history, but when "royalty" was the subject for my book discussion group, I decided to think outside the box. Enter: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer. I was hoping for something a little irreverent, a little entertaining--sort of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the Tudor generation. On the eve of Elizabeth's coronation, she is taken to the chapel where her mother is buried, and there she has a supernatural awakening of her latent vampire-fighting powers. As a result of this experience, she suddenly has heightened senses, and she can shoot deadly beams of white light at vampire opponents. As the story progresses, we learn that Elizabeth is descended from Arthur's contemporary, Morgaine le Fey, and that Morgaine was a vampire slayer. Morgaine's powers passed through Anne to Elizabeth, and now, in the time of England's most dire need, the queen is being made ready to fight Mordred, a thousand year old vampire who wants to align himself with the power of the British throne.Sadly, I think this is a book that just took itself too seriously. The stilted "Elizabethan" language just makes the characters seem one-dimensional, and the whole set seems a little awkward. (Honestly, I've never been one for people throwing bolts of magical power at each other. The battles end up feeling so contrived, and I never get a sense of the danger that the protagonists are facing.) I found the reality of Elizabeth's life more interesting--and frightening--than this fictionalized version, and the real woman more fascinating than this queen who moonlights as a vampire slayer.The ending is set up nicely for a sequel--in fact, nothing really gets resolved at all during the course of this book, which just made it all the more annoying to me. Maybe "Lucy Weston's" next effort will be better, but I don't think I'll be taking the time to read it.One aside: I did crack a wry smile as I read the discussion questions at the end of the book, which I think were more in keeping with the tone this book should have had. My favorite is the first: "The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer reveals the hitherto hidden connections between the worlds of the Tudors and the Vampires. Were you surprised to discover that such connections exist? Does the involvement of paranormal forces help to explain how Elizabeth was able to reign so long and so successfully in a time of such danger?" Perhaps I'll ask this of my fellow book club members, and see what they have to say in response.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-09 19:19

    The "history" in this story really starts in King Author's court. In this telling, Mordred is the son of King Arthur, and Morgaine was not the rival of Merlin but the lover of Mordred. This historical part plays nicely as it is interesting but does not overshadow Elizabeth Tudor's story. In fact, all but Mordred are either relegated to story, myth, or spiritual helper. Mordred plays a more important role as he is the vampire trying to seduce Elizabeth into joining him and ruling England together as an unstoppable force. Elizabeth later understands that it's not just her crown he is interested in, but her power as a slayer she inherited through Anne, her mother.As Elizabeth considers his offer she must also weigh the dangers and responsibilities to her people and the court. She must also consider what her mother has sacrificed as well as her attraction to Mordred. Not just as a handsome man, but also to the power he promises to give her to save her people and make England a dominant country.The language was, I admit, a bit hard to get through as it is quite flowery but told in the proper language of Elizabeth's court. After a bit, you do get used to it and it starts to flow much easier. In fact, toward the middle of the book I quite enjoyed the language. I did find Elizabeth's slayer power to be a bit odd and it just felt a bit out of place. I also didn't completely enjoy her consort, Robin, and found him, at times, annoying. However, he did make complete sense in this book as being her big weakness. You also don't get a complete ending, but it's not really a cliffhanger either. It's just not an ending that gives complete closure and answers all questions. To explain further might give too much away, so you'll just have to shake your fist at me for making you wonder. Lucy Weston really only comes around in the end to explain how this story came into her hands. I suspect Lucy will be telling more historical vampire tales in further books.Here is an excerpt of Elizabeth considering Mordred and one of my more favorite passages:"I reach out, taking the hand he offers. His touch is warm, almost comforting, and entirely pleasant. I sense neither evil nor danger. Indeed I feel as safe as I did when I soared in his arms on the night we first met. But beneath the void where fear should be lurks a faint awareness that I see him as I do because he wills it, and that, should his desires change, so shall my experience of him. This genial manner is only one more mask among the uncountable others that he, I, and all of us wear."I give this book 4 stars. I think if you like historical fiction with a paranomal twist you will enjoy this book.

  • Nicki
    2018-12-13 23:43

    I am conflicted about this book. :/Likes- I love Elizabeth I. I love vampire novels, so obviously, I found the plot of this book very entertaining.- I actually liked the romance between Elizabeth and Robin. While it may have seemed forced at times, at other times it was very sweet and honest.- Mordred was a good bad guy. Many antagonists in books are sadly underdeveloped and shallow. For once though, the bad guy had motivation for doing the things he did, and truly believed he was making the right choice. Dislikes- The plot could drag ON. And on. And on...- Elizabeth's cronies friends and advisors were so one-dimensional. Her "Spirit", a very clever man in real life, was portrayed as wise, but possessive and stuffy. Walsingham was only good for spying and doing the stuff the others were too lazy to do. And I don't know why the doctor was even there. He occasionally did astronomy, which told the reader everything they already knew. Honestly, they were all pretty useless because Elizabeth never did anything with them, and never really utilized their talents, if they even had any.- Mordred kind of got on my nerves. For a thousand year old vampire or whatever, he was pretty thick at times. His infatuation with Elizabeth seemed to come out of nowhere, and he was absolutely bonkers when it came to certain scenes with Elizabeth. I mean, really? Her ploy was so obvious. - There was absolutely no point whatsoever of making Elizabeth I the main character. Because honestly, there barely any mention of her being queen. I wish there had been some more historical fiction to the story. But instead, it's not too much of a problem for her to sneak out all night. The only thing she did as queen was listen to ambassadors once and a while, and when she did, she was thinking about Mordred anyway. I almost wish the author had just left Elizabeth out of it. :/So, conclusion. I think the book could have been a lot better if the plot had moved forward a little quicker, and the author had developed more characters than just Elizabeth, Robin, and Mordred. Although honestly, now that I think about it, they weren't really developed either. Elizabeth spent the whole book wondering whether she should join Mordred or not, but in the end, she had never really made a decision, because the decision had always been clear to her from the beginning. So I'm going to have to give this book three stars, for a good plot idea, and some good moments scattered throughout the novel. On the whole though, it was cumbersome and the characters annoyed me.

  • Ravin Maurice
    2018-11-21 22:18

    I found the concept for this book interesting, and the author has clearly done her homework in regards to mythology and the history of England. There were so many well thought out, intelligently executed ideas in this book that it has actually made it quite believable. The idea that Mordred, Arthur's bastard son, is king of the vampires? Intriguing, I wish the author had gone more in depth to his origin story and his history with Morgaine. Anne Boleyn being a descendant of Morgaine, the head of a bloodline of vampire slayers, culminating with Elizabeth, the prophesied slayer who would bring on a new age of light? Brilliant, the genealogy being plausible - the pieces of Elizabeth's interaction with Morgaine and the voice of Anne Boleyn are extremely well written. The cast of characters that one has come to expect in a Tudor novel are all there; I am a bit confused by Kat Ashley, who seems to be a different age depending on what book I'm reading, but this book has everything one would come to expect from a book narrated by Elizabeth. I enjoyed reading about her personal turmoil in regards to both her parents, something that has been lost in other Tudor novels depending on how the author feels about Anne Boleyn. The reality of Henry VIII is not lost on his younger daughter in this book and that was something I really appreciated, rather than putting him on a royal pedestal he was assessed for what he was and I wonder, if really, these thoughts were what Elizabeth might have actually thought of him but never voiced. For me this made the voice of Elizabeth ring true to what I would imagine of her in my head, much like Rosalind Miles's brilliant 'I, Elizabeth'......but with vampires! Any fan of Tudor history looking for a bit of fun should pick up this book. Fans of monster mash ups will also appreciated this, along with vampire fans purely for the taste of what's to come and the potential for the scope of the vampire world which is only alluded to in the beginning.The mystery that has been build around author Lucy Weston, one of the vampire's from Bram Stokers Dracula who came into possession of Elizabeth's journals after a fire at Windsor in the 90's, is another draw to this book - as a writer myself, the idea of Lucy Weston and what is being put forth about her is innovative and interesting and will keep me coming back to see what they've come up with next. It helps that I liked the book, but I would have looked into her anyways because it peaked my interest.

  • Cheyenne
    2018-11-20 00:35

    I give this book a solid rating of 3.0 stars.I personaly like historical-fiction, it brings you to a world that once was, and I like vampires, beacause well, they're vampires. Nough said. And you would think that with a combination of the two that this book, or any book, couldn't really go wrong or be short of being called a 'great book' at the very least. However it did fall short for me.Here are my thoughts on the book:1: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer was a slow read. While there was a few instances where the book picked up, it didn't stick only lasting a couple of pages.2: I will say that Lucy Weston did a great job with the historical settings and details. From Elizabeth's own private chambers, down to the streets she roamed at night I could clearly and vividly picture it in my head despite the slowness of the book.3: Vampires. They didn't really have a lot to do in the story. Other then Mordred and his lover, whose name I can't recall, there wasn't really any vampires with big or small roles in the book. The one or two nameless vampires Elizabeth killed not withstanding. They were portrayed, or should I say described, wonderfully though with a more dark, sultry, and seductive nature. I'm definitely disappointed with the lack of vampires in the book.3.5: Mordred is the most interesting thing in the book, and his character has the most depth and promise. He's written just as he's described in the summary. Dangerous and seductive. I can't go into more detail without repeating the summary or telling parts of the book.4: Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Elizebeth. I feel that her emotions were lacking? It's hard to describe really. Perhaps to say her charcter wasn't very deep would be better. It wasn't bad so much as to say it wasn't good. Definitely potential for growth though. She felt like a cross between a damsal and a hero in training to me. Never really tipping the scale to one side or the other. It felt to me that her decisions and actions were always influenced by someone else, and not her own making.5: The ending. This book is not ment to be a stand alone book, or you could say the ending is not ment for a stand alone book, seeing as Lucy Weston has not made a sequel to it. Which is completely infuriating. I would get the sequel despite my rating of 3.0 stars. I feel that a sequel would open more doors into the world of this book, and be better then this one.Plus it could atleast have a solid ending to it.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-26 22:32

    See my other reviews at Never Enough BooksOn the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the grave of her mother – Anne Boleyn. That night she has a vision and learns the truth of her great bloodline; she is a Slayer. Born to battle those who walk in darkness and ravage the night, to protect the people of her beloved realm from those who would destroy it either from within or without.Too soon Elizabeth discovers that she is not just a hunter, but prey herself when the vampire Mordred comes to call. King Arthur’s bastard son, he sold his soul to defeat his father and now he wants what he believes is rightfully his; the throne. Tempted by his promises of everlasting beauty and life, Elizabeth is torn between duty and her own heart.If the basic premise of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer sounds familiar dear reader, you are not alone. Upon reading the book I found the back story quite similar to the movie and TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The basic plot is the same: young woman is born and lives her early life not knowing of her great destiny. At a certain point she learns of her powers and what she is expected to do with them. She vacillates between wanting to right the wrongs around her and wanting to have a “normal” life.In this sense, both book and show are much the same. The difference though is while Buffy was good, Elizabeth Tudor is more ‘meh’.That isn’t to say that the author, Lucy Weston, doesn’t try to make the book interesting and good. She does and at times she seems to try a little too hard. Trying to combine truth and fantasy can be tricky and while I have seen books where it worked well, it can also fall flat.The language is sometimes overly flowery and certain scenes just plod along. It certainly wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read but neither was it the best.Readers who enjoyed the Buffy series might want to give this one a try. There are quite a few parallels readers will likely enjoy. Gothic romance fans also might want to read this one as it has several of the hallmarks. Personally, I don’t think I’ll be looking for anything else from this author.

  • Anna
    2018-12-09 22:44

    I'm a fan of mash-ups because I take them in the comedic spirit in which they were written, and simply appreciate the literary elements and characters. If nothing else, I am tempted to go back and re-read the originals. At the same time, I am also a huge fan of historical fiction because I enjoy the blending of reality with theory, the chance to bring our past alive once more. Secret History is what I consider to be historical fiction rather than mash-up because it reads with more depth and drama, with the added benefit of mixing in paranormal themes with Elizabethan England. Every page truly captures the spirit and force that was Elizabeth."Help me up."At the sound of my voice, all turn- my ladies, my counselors, my ambitious beloved. I am, as I should always be, the focus of their attention."You cannot," Robin begins.Truly, the man is caught in a hole of his own making and his solution is to dig it deeper?I could "feel" the tensions and doubts from this young monarch as she struggles with such turbulent times and faces her many enemies. Adding in vampires seemed like a logical choice to include in this supernatural twist on fact, and using the mythology of Arthurian legend brings a sense of familiarity because learning a completely new set of rules wasn't necessary- the framework was already there.Mordred. So convincing. So seductive. So cunning. I'm not sure how Elizabeth manages to deny him. The parts of the book that were told from his POV are that extra something that enables the reader to understand why he is so powerful.Swing one way and I would open the eternal vistas of the night to her and place her by my side in golden halls where death can never rule. Swing the other...I would drain her to the final carmine drop and throw regret away along with her hollowed husk.- MordredI absolutely loved every page of this book and cannot recommend it highly enough! If you love Phillipa Gregory or Alison Weir (as I do) but you want vampires and the realm of magic too, then look no further than The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer.This book was given for review courtesy of the publisher and will appear on the Bite Club blog.

  • Gemma
    2018-11-20 19:31

    Also posted on my blog at The Humble Book Nerdhttps://humblebooknerd.wordpress.com/...I wasn’t about to pass up anything to do with Elizabeth I, especially not when vampires are involved. It seemed like such an awesome idea, but the execution was…meh. It was all right, but I was nowhere near sold. I wanted to like this one so much and it had a lot going for it! Elizabeth and her court, Arthurian legend, vampire lore, even a gimmick about the author’s pseudonym, but it never came together.The writing was lovely at times but it tended to go overboard quite often, and the story was at least interesting if predictable. Ms. Weston pulled out all the big names, from William Cecil to Francis Walsingham, John Dee, Robin Dudley, and Kat Ashley. Sadly, Walsingham and Kat were the only ones that were noteworthy. The others ranged from tolerable to annoying–i.e., Robin. Honestly, I didn’t take to Elizabeth, either. I never really believed her as a long-awaited slayer and there wasn’t much to her as a queen. She never made it past two-dimensional. I’m not sure what to make of Mordred…I couldn’t tell whether he was supposed to be a villain or an antihero, and his motives were inconsistent. The only points I’m handing out are for being only the third book I’ve ever read that didn’t make Anne Boleyn out to be a total biatch.I take it this is supposed to be the first book of a series? If so, there wasn’t much to entice me to keep reading. The mix of Elizabeth, Arthur and vampires was sloppy, the characters irritating, and the writing patchy bordering on purple. What’s killing me most is Elizabeth! I have such admiration for her, and there is nothing about this characterization that is even likeable! I can overlook everything else if the protagonist is a strong, solid lead I can believe in and relate to, and it didn’t work out that way. I was expecting something better, but was sorely disappointed. Feel free to skip this one; in fact, I urge you to.

  • Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
    2018-11-29 19:20

    A couple of years ago I was obsessed with the history of Elizabeth Tudor so I was really intrigued when I saw this book, I wanted to see how the author would mix in the paranormal aspects into her life. This one is not really a mash up like some of the other books that have been coming out this year but more of historical fiction about a very famous and unforgettable queen with a paranormal twist. I think what I liked about this book were the historical parts in it, there’s plenty of true facts about Elizabeth Tudor in it and since I was obsessed with her life I really enjoyed this. Cecil and Robin Dudley are in it and having them all play a part in this paranormal story was certainly interesting and fun. The books is mainly from Elizabeth’s point of view but every few chapter we get a glimpse from Mordred, the vampire that’s suppose to be the son of King Arthur and wants to make Elizabeth his vampire Queen so they can rule England together. The paranormal aspects of the book were a little different and somehow traditional to the vampire folklore. I liked that Mordred was a vampire that could fly, had fangs and only went out during the night, but the powers that Elizabeth had was what I didn't like so much. Elizabeth is the first slayer in a thousand years to be able to have this light inside of her that shoots out of her hands and kills the vampires, I think it seemed a little silly and I wish she would've just had a stake or something like that to kill vampires instead of this light power. This one was definitely a change for me from what I usually read, I like YA historical fiction but this one was definitely aimed for adults, it had some sexual content which wasn't graphic but I wouldn't recommend to young readers. If you love paranormal romance and adult historical fiction then I think you would enjoy The Secret Life of Elizabeth Tudor. (Posted on www.mundiemoms.com)

  • Bookaholics
    2018-12-06 00:22

    The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor: Vampire Slayer by Lucy WestonHistorical Romance – Dec. 21st, 20104 starsQueen Elizabeth is no ordinary Queen. Through her mother’s blood, she possess the power to slay vampires from their ancestor, Morgaine the great Sorceress. On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth’s power is awakened, and she finds herself the target of the greatest and powerful vampire of all - Mordred, the bastard son of King Arthur. Despite her vows to defend England in the name of God, Elizabeth finds herself drawn to Mordred. And Mordred, despite knowing that she holds the power to destroy his kind, find himself drawn to her. What will she choose: her country or love?A well-written and powerful story, Weston’s narrative will draw you in even though you might not like reading historical novels. As far-fetched as the plot is, the words just flow so smoothly that you can’t be help but believe in the story. Elizabeth is a strong and passionate woman who not only have to juggle the intrigues of court, but she also has to hold Mordred and her deadly attraction to him at bay. What I like best about this book is that there is a chapter or two from Elizabeth’s point of view, then there’s a chapter from Mordred's point of view. Weston is a skilled writer to be able to create two very distinctive voices. This is definitely not an ordinary vampire novel. This is a book about a young woman who has to choose between the two greatest thing she loves the most. If you love vampire stories but are bored by the endless Twilight-clones, you should definitely give this book a try.Reviewed by Pauline from Bookaholics Romance Club

  • Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
    2018-11-23 22:32

    Mordred, son of King Arthur, who, despite his marriage to Mordred's mother, declared him illegitimate before changing his mind and re-instating him as rightful heir - lives in Queen Elizabeth's time. No longer mortal, having slain his father in battle as he decided on the dark path, he seeks to make Elizabeth his queen, where they will rule together over a strong and united England.We find out that Ann Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother, was descended from Morgaine, and on the eve of Elizabeth's coronation, her closest advisors lead her to her mother's crypt, where a mist envelopes her and she emerges forever changed. Now she is the Slayer.As Mordred seeks to tempt her to eternal life and the surety of an England safe from all of the enemies who would have her dead, or worse, wedded in subjugation, Elizabeth must resist the attraction she feels for him and the temptation of immortal life to destroy the darkness that is threatening to overcome her land.This was an interesting and clever read; I enjoyed hearing more about Elizabeth's love for Robin (her real-life love), and how the tale of Mordred and his kind was skillfully woven in the tapestry that was the real Elizabeth. If you like high-court drama mixed with attractive vampires, you'll love this one. It's entertaining throughout. Definitely not a heavy read with in-depth character development, but enjoyable and quite fun at times. I was fascinated by the possibility of this alternate universe, and I think you will be as well.