The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart #4)
Murder follows murder, and the kingdom's proud but frag ...more
I really loved the whole Razkavia set-up, having most of it through young Becky's eyes, and having Jim play such a huge role in it this time round (I think I missed Jim more than I realised throughout most of Tiger in the Well, heh)
I loved how the plot kept you guessing right until the end. And there was hardly a dull moment. Even the ending didn't just sort of fizzle out. It be ...more
Tin trains, tin ships going down the whirlpool - you know what I am, Becky? I'm a tin princess. Like chess: I come all the way across the board and turned into a queen. Still only tin, though... Want a game of chess?
Un libro muy dulce que me cautivó con su ambiente del 1800, sus personajes carismáticos, el cambio gradual y notorio en la protagonista, y una intérprete de 16 años con ganas de comerse el mundo. No fue tanto por las intrigas políticas que te adelantan en la sinopsis, sino por cómo ...more
Instead the plot is about Razkavia a made up Germanic state in middle Europe. Where members of the royal family are being bumped off. Our heroes Jim and Becky fall into this world of royal-intrigue, by way of Adelaide, the litt ...more
Now, the story was different from the others in that there was a large element that wasn't historical. The story is based on a fictional c ...more
The Tin Princess is a fast-paced, engrossing Victorian pulp, told with the keen eye for imperial politics and business that Pullman has brought to all the books in this series. Although I didn't remember Adelaide very well from the first time I met her, I quickly grew very ...more
I love Jim unabashedly. He's cheeky and clever and quick, with a strong sense of right and wrong. It's great to see him in the centre of his own story, as I always wanted more of him in Sally's books. Now that he's grown up a bit and is finally the ringleader of his own in ...more
I think of it as really extremely good self-fanfiction. If you enjoyed the three books in the series proper, and can keep that descriptio ...more
I wanted the plot to be more complex, and it took a moment to adjust to a new city and focus (I love learning about the history of Victorian London via Pullman and this book takes place in a made-up country). All that aside, it was poignant and intriguing as always.
It opens with a brand-new character, Becky. She's smart, humble, quietly brave, and that's about it. She never really came alive to me, but I liked that she was different than Pullman's other heroines-- she wasn' ...more
In this final part, Sally has a much smaller role as the protagonist literally fades into the background to allow Jim Taylor to take centre stage. It is odd that a series named after a certain character barely features that character, especially as it is the final part but there we go. In some ways I understand this as Sally’s story reall ...more
I was so lucky as to find a copy of The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman at the library, in the Italian transla ...more
If you have never heard of Razkavia it is hardly surprising. ...more
However, it started to really get interesting in Chapter 3, especially with Jim Taylor doing some Varys-style snooping, and the spy being pursued (view spoiler)[and lost in an ingenious way (hide spoiler)] by hordes of urchins. Street urchins, not the sea ki...more
i am a devoted fan of pullman and i was SHOCKED by this book. it was terrible. but maybe that's because i'm a bit more than biased towards sally. let me tell you why i didn't like this book:
first of all, the main character adelaide was way too weak. for the first time ever, pullman just said tht a female character was strond and expected us to take it for granted, i mean, how could she transform from a whiney ...more
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-Bavari ...more
Punktabzug gab es für Sallys Abwesenheit und der arschlosen Lovestory zwischen Jim und Adelaide. Ich hätte das Paar Jim & Becky eindeutig bevorzugt.
Ansonsten hat mir die Story um ein imaginäres Ländchen namens Raskawien, eine Minimonarchie zwischen Deutschland und Österreich-Ungarn, sehr gefallen. Man könnte meinen, der Herr P ...more