|Please don't judge the series by it's poor fashion choice on the covers.|
God Save the Queen with her searching for her missing sister as she simultaneously deals with the goblins plaguing the city and the fallout of "mad" King George the Third's condition (the first aristocrat to show signs of the Prometheus Protein). In Xandra's world, the protein was caused by the bubonic plague and led to rise of vampiric and lycanthropic traits in Britain's royal lines. The aristocracy is filled with werewolves, vampires, and secrets.
So, how can the story be set in 2012 and still be considered Steampunk? Steampunk is genre is generally defined as an alternate history set during the Victorian or Edwardian eras, often with an emphasis on technology, societal customs and fashion. And, well, when vampire Queen Victoria has been the reigning monarch for over a century, the Victorian era has a way of sticking around.
Victorian morals have evolved over time in Locke's universe as have the fashions and technology, but it's still solidly rooted in one of our favorite genres. Xandra is a breath of fresh air and the Immortal Empire is worth checking out even if you aren't a fan of Steampunk.