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The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman

The Tin Princess (original 1994; edition 1996)

by Philip Pullman

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Title:The Tin Princess
Authors:Philip Pullman
Info:Laurel Leaf (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Fiction, Paperback, Sally Lockhart Series, Victorian, Read 2004

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The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman (1994)

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    themulhern: A tiny kingdom, an imprisoned prince, an Englishman who loves the queen...

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This is the final novel in the Sally Lockhart quartet, but for me the most disappointing as Sally was hardly in it. It concerns instead the doings of the orphan girl Adelaide from The Ruby in the Smoke, who has managed to get herself married to the heir apparent to the throne of the (fictional) Ruritania-like kingdom of Razkavia, a tiny state between the German and Austro-Hungarian empires, and which is desperately trying to avoid being swallowed by either one. As a swashbuckler with murders, betrayals, lost princes and battles, this was decent, though it never felt as realistic as the previous novels and I found it difficult to take the plot seriously, because of that contrast. The country falls apart when the German army invades and Adelaide and her friends are forced to flee. The fates of several of the minor characters were unclear at the end of the novel. A disappointing end to the series. ( )
  john257hopper | Mar 18, 2014 |
A strong but shallow effort by Philip Pullman. One thing that he's good at is endings, though, and the ending of this novel is more captivating than a good deal of what comes before. It is not up to his previous standard, but it's very much a nod to the Ruritanian school of fiction just as the first book in the series evoked a Holmesian world.

He has almost promised to continue the series, and I would certainly enjoy following it. ( )
  themulhern | Mar 4, 2014 |
Dit vierde deel was ook weer leuk, maar haalde het niet bij de eerste twee delen. Het derde deel ‘De tijger in de put’ heb ik niet uitgelezen want die vond ik echt niet leuk. Dit vierde deel was weer veel leuker alleen vond ik het eind erg afgeraffeld en incompleet. Nu ga ik toch echt beginnen in ‘De integraalbomen’ van Larry Niven. ( )
  Gea1967 | Nov 9, 2013 |
The tin princess is a classic and exciting sequel to ruby in the smoke (this was actually better than ruby in the smoke). This tale will lead you to Raskavia with a princess, a detective and well Becky who doesn't really have a title but is my favourite character.
The best bit about this book is the thrilling mystery that comes with it.
The worst bit about this book is that it could be a bit slow moving at times.
This mystery is totally unsolvable and unpredictable until near the end,(I'll give you a hint, the butler didn't do it!
The plot to this book is truly amazing, there is a twist round every corner. This book is good for anyone, any age shape or form.
I had to read a paragraph from this heart tingling book for a presentation and I was struggling with so much choice.
I don't generally read books like this but I thought it was great!!! ( )
  kathy_chiff | Sep 30, 2013 |
I didn't like this one anywhere near as much as the others. I eventually finished reading it, but there wasn't much of Sally, and it just didn't really interest me. I seem to remember it getting kind of ridiculous and much less realistic than the other books. ( )
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Rebecca Winter, talented, cheerful, and poor, had arrived at the age of sixteen without once seeing a bomb go off.
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Days after she witnesses a mysterious explosion in 19th-century London, 16-year-old Becky Winter is on her way to a small country In Central Europe, as a companion to Adelaide, a Cockney commoner who'd rather play board games than be a princess. But after an assassination makes Adelaide ruler of Razkavia, she rises to the occasion and her new station, gleefully playing international politics with the help of Becky and Jim Taylor, a dashing young detective.

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In 1882 sixteen-year-old Becky applies for a tutoring job in London and becomes embroiled in assassination, intrigue, and dangerous politics in the small European kingdom of Razkavia.

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