The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston

On 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.

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