The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart, #4)
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The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart #4)

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For sixteen-year-old Becky, that bomb blast was to herald the start of an adventure more full of excitement, danger and passion than she had ever dreamed of. For within days she is bound for a tiny European kingdom with its Crown prince, his cockney bride and the resourceful and daring Jim Taylor, Consulting Detective.

Murder follows murder, and the kingdom's proud but frag...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published April 7th 1994 by Puffin (first published 1994)
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Possibly my favourite of all the Sally Lockhart books, which is funny since she personally is barely in this one, lol.

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
John Onoda
In the early 20th century there was a genre of novel writing called Ruritanian romances, the most famous of which is Prisoner of Zenda. All the stories had to do with court intrigue, love, mistaken identity, noblesse oblige, and all sorts of derring do. The books were set in small Eastern European powers that were always caught between the clash of empires, notably the German and English empires. These stories are very corny and lots of fun. Interestingly, Edgar Rice Burroughs, so famous for his...more
For me The Tin Princess was not as successful as the other books in the Sally Lockhart quartet, probably because it is neither about Sally Lockhart or Victorian London, both of which are the thing that interested me about this YA series in the first place.

Some spoilers...

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
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Rebecca Matthies
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This is almost a standalone in the Lockheart series -- it's certainly the one that's easiest to pick up and reread quickly, and that's because it doesn't really dive into Sally Lockheart's life. This one's all about Jim Taylor.

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
Goodreads needs a "re-read" shelf for books like this one. It was as fun the second time as the first. This is one of my favorite Pullman books, right up there with the Dark Materials trilogy, though not as intense. You don't need to know anything about the Sally Lockhart books to read this one because it's a complete side story.
I already complained a bit about this book in my review of Ruby.

Compared to the first three books, this one doesn't seem very well balanced in its blend of wild adventure and realism to make you swallow the whole thing happily while you're reading.

It all seems slightly too far fetched and doesn't sit well.
It has a beginning, a middle and an end, but the storyline and character developments didn't add anything I cared about and left me with a sense of dissatisfaction after I'd finished.

If I were...more
This is a sort-of sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke et al., and okay, it's kind of a cheesy sequel. But oh, the characters! Seeing Jim and Adelaide all grown up, and Sally as a matron, is fun without being corny; and Becky and the new minor characters are wonderful enough that you can mostly ignore the rags-to-riches-to-royalty story the book is ostensibly about.

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
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-Bavari...more
Ellie Matthews
All the Sally Lockhart books are great, starring a heroine who can shoot a pistol, solve a mystery, and is written by Phillip Pullman in a Victorian London full of opium addicts, smog and murders. Actually Sally isn't in this book very much as it is mainly the story of her friend Jim and the little urchin Adalaide from previous books, now married to the crown prince of a small European country.
I remember reading this book when I was much younger and really liking it. When I saw that the Summer reading challenge required reading a book with a chemical element in his title, I thought it would be the perfect time to re-read this one since I could barely remember it.

I'm not sure what I originally thought was so great about this book. The writing style is abrupt and choppy, most of the characters are very two dimensional, and there are a bunch of holes in the plot.

There were a couple reall...more
I don't care enough about politics enough to have actually understood the conclusion of this...
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M.G. Mason
So concludes the series of Philip Pullman’s young adult “Sally Lockhart Mysteries” and I’ve completed it almost a year to the day that I started the first book.

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
Rebecca Winter did not know that she was going to witness her first bomb when she goes to teach the future Queen of Raskavia, a cockney Londoner, how to speak German. On the way, the sixteen-year-old, meets the now twenty-year-old Jim Taylor who like usual is investigating. But when the bomb goes off, its obvious someone is trying to kill the Crown Prince of Raskavia. Jim is engaged as "body-guard" to the future Queen (Adelaide) and Becky as her tutor. The three Londoners embark on the journey b...more
Philip Pullman's style is interesting to me, because even though it's dry, matter-of-fact and dense, I still like it. One problem, though, is that it's hard for me to be emotionally connected to the story/characters. This held true for The Tin Princess , but I enjoyed it none the less.

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
Sep 08, 2010 Maninee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: and those who want an in sight of the human mind at the time of war
Recommended to Maninee by: avishikta
Shelves: adventure
when i read this book i cried, no, not because it was sad, but because it was terrible!
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
I thoroughly enjoyed the other three books in this series and I highly recommend them. Unfortunately this was not of the same quality as the others. Pullman doesn't develop the characters nearly enough in this installment (with the exception of Jim Taylor who we know and love from the previous novels).

The story line and plot twists were too farfetched for my tastes and there were so many setting changes that it was often difficult for me to follow along and know where we were. There were many l...more
The Tin Princess is an anomaly in the Sally Lockhart quartet. This is for a few reasons. One, it is not Sally's story, but Jim's. Two, it is not set in London's seedy underbelly but in a European country called Razkavia. Three, it is less penny dreadful mystery than political thriller. Four, it marks the beginning of Pullman's interest in allegory.

It is still a well written and wonderful read. I like Adelaide's reappearance and her self assessment of being a 'tin' or hollow and fake princess. A...more
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Lia Marcoux
I didn't care for the Sally Lockhart series and this is no exception. Sally appears only briefly, so by rights this story should stand alone, but it doesn't, at least not strongly. Pullman tries to cash in credit from the other books, but it's been too long since I've read them so it just fell flat. The writing can be a little tone-deaf; at one point a character is described as "glaring like a hand-grenade", which communicates absolutely nothing except that Philip Pullman might glue googly eyes...more
Rebecca Winter, gifted, cheerful, and poor, had lived sixteen years without once seeing a bomb go off. She might have seen one; London, in 1882, was no less explosive than it is now, for dynamoting was already a vigorous branch of politics. But Becky's path had never crossed a bomb, which is why, on thay sunny May morning, she was thinking of something else entirely; namely, German verbs.

I was so lucky as to find a copy of The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman at the library, in the Italian transla...more
Sol  Gonzalez
Con Sally me paso algo terrible, que no creí que en algún momento fuera a pasarme. Esta memoria de corcholata que tengo me la jugo en grande esta vez, porque no recuerdo nada de los libros anteriores.

Recuerdo sí, la historia en general de los libros, sin embargo no recuerdo nada de los antagonistas, de los problemas que pasaron, ¡de si son hombres o mujeres!

Al momento en que leí la reseña y comencé a ver que no había una Sally, se me ocurrió leer alguna que otra opinión del libro, pensando que...more
Considering that this book has emblazoned across its cover 'A Sally Lockhart Mystery', anyone expecting a plot with Sally as a core character, as in the previous novels of the quartet is doomed to disappointment. That is not to say that the book itself is disappointing. Far from it. It is a fast paced adventure with good lead characters, which moves from the apparent tranquility of Victorian London to the rather more turbulent Razkavia.

If you have never heard of Razkavia it is hardly surprising....more
Eccomi giunta al capitolo finale di questa fantastica serie. Anche se è una serie, ogni libro può essere letto a parte, se non fosse per i personaggi.Questa serie mi ha appassionato moltissimo, bellissima la figura di Sally Lockarth,che però in questo libro non compare, se non all'inizio. Infatti ha come protagonista Jim, un altro dei personaggi principali, un ragazzo coraggioso, innamorato e pieno d'energia.La storia parla di Adelaide(bambina che Jim aveva salvato nel primo libro), che Jim ritr...more
Further adventures of several characters from the Sally Lockhart series.

Mystery, political intrigue, and even a dash of romance. Adelaide, the little girl who disappeared near the end of the first book in the Sally Lockhart trilogy, is now all grown up and secretly married to the shy prince of Razkavia. When his brother, first in line to inherit the throne, is assassinated, Prince Rudolph must return to Razkavia--bringing his new wife. Jim Taylor and a new character, Becky, come along for the ri...more
Good enough but not mind blowing.

I have loved so much his Dark Materials trilogy that it was weird reading a victorian novel from Philip Pullmman. I liked it very much though and I will probably read the Sally Lockhart series too.

My only objection is about the ending. I don't have a problem with how everything turned out (it is a PP novel after all, I didn't expect everything rosy and peachy) but I expected more than a hazy dream in Becky's mind to see what happened with everyone else. And it w...more
This is the last book and for me it was not as good as the others. When I read this I was still quite young and didn't use the internet as much. I remember very clearly that I wanted to have book because it finishes the series, but Sally Lockhart wasn't in there. So that was a let down.

The story in itself is perfect, but it reads more as a stand-alone and that was not what I was looking for...
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