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The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman
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Oct 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: suspense, victorian, young-adult

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 investigations, he finds himself with an oddly familiar girl and massive European royalty scandal on his hands.

The setting is enthralling, the politics a little more fantastic than the previous books, and a long-ago mystery is finally somewhat solved. But like I said: it's Jim. I'd read about him whatever he did, because anything he does is fun.
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