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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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Full of adventure, but way too short. The plot and character development seem very rushed, especially for Adelaide (her transformation into a monarch just isn't convincing). and I felt like the politics were rather sketch as well. It might've helped if Pullman had slowed down the action enough to develop his imaginary country's politics, culture, etc. beyond a sprinkling of names and historical "facts." At least Jim from the Sally Lockhart trilogy gets to co-star. ( )
  bostonian71 | May 14, 2016 |
Probably liked this the best after (or tied with) The Ruby in the Smoke. It had the same heightened adventure feeling, and I loved the faux European setting. Adeline could rub me the wrong way but I loved when she was being her regal self the way no one else could be, and I adored Becky. I'd forgotten how wonderful Jim is but how frustratingly he and Fred became almost the same character (except he has none of Fred's most frustrating qualities). On the whole I loved the expansive setting this took place over, the dramatic air it held from start to finish. I wish Pullman had written more about these characters. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
"The Tin Princess" features characters from the other books in this series (Sally Lockhart), but is only a slightly-connected story. It's the somewhat-familiar story of an English girl, Adelaide, of no breeding but innate intelligence and wit, who marries the exotic prince of a small European country. Seeking a job, the young Becky Winter is hired to be Adelaide's tutor, and soon finds herself helping Adelaide negotiate a maze of dangerous politics and social situations, and he unexpectedly becomes Queen... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This is the fourth in a series of Sally Lockhart mysteries, although Sally shows up only briefly. However, Pullman brings to the forefront a character who played smaller (but important) roles in the other books, and rounds him out into one of the main characters. The premise for the book is an interesting look at politics: a fictional country led by monarchs, the plots and deceits that can occur within the monarchy, and other plots from other sources who are trying to take over the country. Pullman has an interesting way of ending books not with a 'happily ever after' ending, but more of a 'happily enough' ending. In an earlier book, while the main mystery is solved, the disappearance of a small girl is left a mystery. Here she reappears and takes on an amazing role, and although things don't completely work out for her, she still seems to be happy with how they do work out. It makes for an interesting twist on the typical 'fairy tale' ending that is expected. ( )
  GretchenLynn | Feb 5, 2015 |
Exactly what I wanted to read.

Becky Winter is a capable polyglot with a romantic streak, who finds herself swept up in political intrigue after witnessing an explosion. Suddenly the sixteen-year-old Winter is tutor and interpreter to a secret cockney princess, headed from London to a tiny nation sandwiched between Austria and Germany accompanied by a dreamy prince, gruff ambassador and his icy wife, and a dashing detective. The novel’s plot twists and turns through Razkavia’s 19th-century-Bavarian-influenced countryside. Danger, secret identities, and nefarious schemes fill its pages right up to a genuinely thrilling conclusion.

Philip Pullman can always be relied upon to deliver richly detailed, wryly funny, smart historical fiction. I picked this up at the library because I was dying to read something I’d like, and feeling slightly melancholy that The Subtle Knife will never be a movie. I didn’t realize it was a continuation of a previous series, and I got good and thoroughly spoiled on the events of that series while devouring The Tin Princess. It’s a great book: several strong female characters with distinct personalities, men worth crushing on, a richly imagined fictional country, political strategy, and plenty of derring-do. What more could a reader ask for? There are even a couple of nice, not too-soppy romances (one sweet, the other rather steamy.) The only drawbacks were that Razkavia made me miss Germany terribly, and the blurb described Adelaide as “heartbreakingly beautiful” while the book described her as “not altogether pretty.” Really, publishing industry? Men can love women who aren’t supermodels. Promise. ( )
  ArmchairAuthor | Jul 3, 2014 |
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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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