Queen Takes Checkmate (Their Vampire Queen Book 5)

Queen Takes Checkmate

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Length: 315 pages
Source: free copy generously provided by Joely Sue Burkhart
Disclaimer: I’ve been lucky enough to BETA and ARC read this book, however, all views and opinions are entirely my own.




The blurb:

The god of light has met his match.
But whose life will the red serpent claim?

Killing the queen of New York City has added a million new responsibilities to Shara Isador’s list. The former queen’s Blood must be dealt with before they turn thrall. The queens Keisha Skye coerced into sibling relationships must either be formally sworn to House Isador or freed. Though Shara can’t in good conscience allow anyone into her house who took part in the rampant torture in which House Skye indulged.

While every single day, Shara feels the weight of the red serpent coiled around her throat. The goddess’s gift grows heavier with every passing moment. If she doesn’t act, the serpent will consume everything she loves. But if she goes after Ra as promised…

Someone she loves very much will die.

Any of her Blood will gladly pay that cost, but Shara loves them too much to even consider losing one of them.

Who will survive the epic showdown with Ra, the god of light, and will this be the end of Shara Isador’s story?


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What do you do, if you’ve just taken out the queen of New York City and her demon’ish offspring? Do you take time to relax? Replenish your strength? Or do you set out to kill an immortal God? Well, if you’re Shara fucking Isador, you do the latter.

Sometimes you find a series that start out strong, but as the series continues some of the books feel like fillers while you’re waiting for the final show down. This couldn’t be further from the case with Joely’s Their Vampire Queen series. Not only get each of the books get longer, they get stronger – both the characters and the plot.

Shara has finally had enough of the sun gods tyranny against her and every queen. So, she sets out to take him to end his reign of terror. But before she can give it her full attention, she needs to find someone who can hold Skye Tower Isador Tower for her i NYC, so she can return home to her nest in Eureka Spring. The list of potential candidates is short. And getting shorter by the minute, as she and her Blood comb through all of Skye’s sibs. Because Shara fucking Isador doesn’t want anyone who revels in torture and pain, to stay. With her Blood, Gina and her newest Sib, she takes on yet another Sib. One that has high probability of holding NYC for her. Especially when her long lost Blood, Lance, joins her. That’s right, we meet Gwen the white enchantress already in Queen Takes Checkmate. And let me just add, as a side note, meeting Gwen made me even more excited for Queen Takes Camelot.

With Isador Tower being in safe hands, Shara can turn all her attention towards forming a plan of how to take down the Lord of the Sun, Ra. But while that’s all good and well, Shara has no idea how to do it. And on top of that, the red serpent weighs heavily on her mind. She knows she has to use it, but she also knows the cost is great. No gift offered from a god or goddess comes free, and the price of using this one is, the death of one of her loved ones.


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This in itself is almost enough that Shara doesn’t want to use it. But this vampire queen knows she has to put duty ahead of herself.

Throughout this book I was on pins and needles! Waiting for the book, I’ve run through each of the Blood, to consider what it would be like to loose any of them. And I’ll admit, I couldn’t imagine any of them not being with us anymore. Not even her mothers former alpha, here newest Blood or any of her 2 new sibs. So, I was both excited and anxious to see how Joely would deal with this. And let me just tell you, she doesn’t disappoint! Not even a little bit.


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With each of the books I’m reading in this series, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much work Joely puts into the character development. I know I’ve in a previous review said, that all things seems to come relative easy for Shara. Yes, there’s been a lot of pain involved. But it’s still been like the path reveals itself as she walks it. This is no different in this book, but I’ve come to realise something I didn’t think about with the others.

Shara’s path was already set, by her mother and those around her. But not only that, Shara haven’t strayed from the path the Great One has blessed, which is why it looks like everything just falls into her lap. Because when you have a goddess on your side, things just tend to run smoother.

One more thing I want to discuss, is the fact that this book isn’t the last one. Yes, you heard that right. Originally, this was meant to be the grand finale. However, Shara and her Blood wasn’t ready to be over and done with, so Joely will continue this epic series in 2019.


So, here’s to the former virgin Queen, may she find a way to deal with the Triune in the sixth book.




WARNING: This book contains detailed sex scenes with M/F, M/M, M/M/F, F/F scenes, along with a strong adult language use, so I wouldn’t recommend this series if you’re easily offended. If not, I personally think it suits the world created here, and I don’t find it cheesy or forced!


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4 thoughts on “Queen Takes Checkmate (Their Vampire Queen Book 5)”

    1. I wish I could help, but in my search I haven’t been able to find anything similar. Of course there’s many other good books, but nothing that is quite that epic. Please let me know if you find anything 🙂 Have you read any other of Joely’s books?


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